IP Work Stays Steady Amid Rocky Times

Law360, New York (October 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- As some law firm practice groups sputter in this economic downturn, at least one firm segment — intellectual property — remains strong as clients acknowledge that it's shortsighted to scale back on applying for and protecting patents and trademarks.

Lawyers and consultants said that unlike mergers and acquisitions, real estate and other areas, intellectual property practices are pretty much recession proof.

Ben Clark, the co-leader of Bryan Cave LLP's intellectual property group, acknowledged that it is costly to obtain patents and trademarks and to protect them...
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