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Being Patent Counsel Today Is Tougher Than Ever

Law360 (April 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Given the current financial climate, how does patent counsel write a patent for her client that can land a partnering arrangement with a hefty upfront payment plus significant milestone fees and product royalties? Of course, it helps to have brilliant inventors with hot ideas. But it also takes the right patent counsel.

It is a difficult time for research and development. The market is way down, venture funding has contracted and terms for new capital are so restrictive that progress has practically slowed to a standstill....
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