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Stephen Nipper announces here at his Invent Blog that he and his Re-think IP cohorts, Matt Buchanan and Doug Sorocco, have been busy. Again. This time it's an amazing project, FedCirc.us, a Web site that allows patent professionals to access, digest and manage patent caselaw innovation. And it's a truly amazing site, with all kinds of extras, like red case flags, case data boxes and the ability to search the site by tag clouds (you'll never look at another keycite again!)
When you look at what three patent attorneys, with different firms, in different parts of the country have accomplished with FedCirc.us, it makes you wonder how much Lexis or Westlaw could do with all of their resources if they ever thought to innovate.
'O' Is for Off!
"O" is the nickname for one of the world's most successful talk show hosts, and it could have been the logo for a 1,200-lawyer, billion-dollar global law firm. Instead, as both this article from The American Lawyer and this post from the WSJ Law Blog report, "O" is for off, as Orrick and Dewey Ballantine canceled plans for a merger.
The WSJ Law Blog suggests that defections from Dewey weakened the firm, making it a less desirable partner:
And The American Lawyerarticle also notes that the firms hadn't been able to resolve the key issue of how many partners would have full equity status. It will be interesting to see how quickly either firm begins to play the field, in search of another match.
What a GC Might Ask
* Do you actively manage and budget matters?
Friedmann's list is fairly extensive, but it's clear that he's interested in cost control and collaboration and current information. Are you delivering that to your clients?
A Court Battle for Name Only
The court turned the decision into a history lesson, Williams tells us, beginning with the history of Anglo-Saxon naming customs and rituals, starting in 1066. Thereafter, the court established a 10-part test to decide which name the baby would get. And here, Mom won ... or at least until the baby's dad appeals to the Oregon Supreme Court.
Podcasting Still Lags as Law Firm Marketing Tool
Citing a survey of 46 major law firms conducted by the Primary Research Group, Larry Bodine reports on the results. The bottom line: 20 percent of firms have blogs, 60 percent have newsletters and only a measly 3 percent podcast.
As for the details, Bodine notes that firms with 20 or more practice areas were most likely to publish blogs, and nearly 40 percent in this category did so. As for conventional Web sites, firms spent a mean of $40,483 for a Web site overhaul, with median spending of $27,500. But firms are drawing traffic, with a mean of 27,462 visitors per month to the site. Still, newsletters remain most popular, with 60 percent of firms publishing newsletters.
What this survey tells me is that most clients still aren't fully adept with RSS feeds, nor do they enjoy podcasts. Consequently, they prefer newsletters to blogs. In time, however, more clients may begin to figure out that there are easier ways to keep up with blogs than visiting dozens of sites. And when they do, those firms with blogs will be way out in front.
RODRIGO GONZALEZ FERNANDEZ
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