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IP Practice: O'Melveny & Myers

Law360 (January 15, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A down economy could be a boon to intellectual property litigators’ business as companies try to shore up their holdings, according to Darin Snyder, chair of O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s intellectual property and technology practice.

“Historically, companies often resort to enforcing intellectual property rights to protect market share in a declining economy. This is an aspect of IP litigation that is often countercyclical [to the market],” Snyder said.

IP litigation also tends to rise in a down economy because of decreases in employment stability.

“Employee departures...
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