An Attorney’s Death by 1000 Cuts – Killing the Time Clock

2021 demands that your lawyer also be a practicing technologist and embrace novel methods to bill for their services. Read about Neugeboren O'Dowd's unique approach to client engagement and management.


From Network Engineer to Intellectual Property Attorney: Shane Percival

Shane Percival is a sought-after patent lawyer. Read about his journey from software engineering to intellectual property.

Should You Pass on a Patent?

Should You Pass on a Patent?

Sometimes a patent does not make business sense. It’s a conversation I have frequently with potential and existing clients, and after a brief discussion, drawing attention to important issues they should consider, they often arrive at the conclusion that it’s not worth it.

Almost Infamous: Separating Your Product From Defective Brands

In late 2015, Segway, maker of the famous two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter, sued a company called Swagway, then-producer of a motorized transporter called Hovertrax — aka, a hoverboard. Swagway’s hoverboards were reported to cause fires and injuries (which they were already being sued for). Compounding the negative coverage were the many problematic hoverboard knockoffs.

Design Arounds Could Be a Lifesaver for Your Next Product and Patent

A design around means developing your product with existing patents in mind and adding consumer value with new innovation. The starting point for this process is a patent search.

What Lawyers and Clients Need to Know About the Use of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence as it is starting to be employed is certainly new technology. You have to be aware that it is essentially the proverbial “robot” doing stuff, not a person. There are going to be glitches. But, in one sense, we have always had automated systems doing “stuff” for us so it is not unexpected that these systems are making their way into the legal industry.

Keeping Competitors Away From Your Game-changing Product

Clients see a competing product with similar functionality to their own and immediately believe it’s a copy, even if the competitor developed the functionality independently. At that point, they don’t care how the attorneys deal with the situation — the attorneys are expected to find a way to shut down the knockoff.