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  • Intellectual property

    Intellectual property

    These articles pertain to the kinds of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights, and the differences between them, and non-disclosure agreements.

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  • Litigation


    These articles concern intellectual property litigation, including finding a good lawyer, discovery, claim construction, damages, controlling costs and the advantages of juries.

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  • Patent Law

    Patent Law

    These articles concern aspects of patent law, recent changes to the patent laws, reexaminations, the Patent Office, the small inventor, and large corporations and their lobbyists.

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Quotes of the Day

    • "Judges are law students who grade their own papers."

      H. L. Mencken

    • "A fanatic does what he knows the Lord would do if He had all the facts of the situation at hand."

      Finley Peter Dunne

    • "That's not writing, that's typing."

      Truman Capote

    • "About half of the practice of a decent lawyer is telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop."

      Elihu Root

    • "Encountering a footnote is like going downstairs to answer the doorbell while making love."

      Noel Coward

    • "640K ought to be enough for anybody."

      William Gates

    • "Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence.  There's no better rule."

      Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”

    • "There are two things wrong with almost all legal writing. One is style. The other is content."


    • "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."

      Winston Churchill, Address at Harrow School, 1941

    • "Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason."

      Sir Edward Coke

    • "We have three great things in this country: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the good sense never to practice either of them."

      Mark Twain

    • "Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality."

      Joseph Conrad, “Under Western Eyes”

    • "An inventor should sit down among levers, screws, wedges, wheels, etc., like a poet among the letter of the alphabet, considering them as the exhibition of his thoughts; in which a new arrangement transmits a new idea to the world."

      Robert Fulton, inventor of the steam boat

    • "It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."

      Robert H. Goddard

    • "These are the conclusions on which I base my facts."

      Adlai Stevenson, attributed, concerning a campaign adversary

    • "Hollywood is a nice place to live if you happen to be an orange."

      Fred Allen

    • "In modern government politics has taken the place of mere tyranny. The result has been more killing in the past century than in all the preceding centuries combined."

      P. J. O’Rourke, “Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards”

    • "Lenin was just one of many highly educated people who assumed that running a business must be easy because it was done by people with little of the special kind of knowledge taught in schools and universities."

      Thomas Sowell, “Basic Economics”

    • "When I taught economics, I used to offer to give an A to any student who could find even a single favorable reference to businessmen in The Wealth of Nations. None ever did…. Ironically, Marx’s view of businessmen was not quite as totally negative as that of Adam Smith."

      Thomas Sowell, “Basic Economics”

    • "The theory of free speech, that truth is so much larger and stranger and more many-sided than we know of, that it is very much better at all costs to hear every one’s account of it, is a theory which has been justified upon the whole by experiment, but which remains a very daring and even a very surprising theory."

      G. K. Chesterton

    • "Qualification in submarines is, as the saying goes, a big deal."

      James F. Calvert

    • "A train bearing the Illinois legislature to New Orleans was stopped…by bandits last night. After relieving the bandits of their watches and jewelry, the excursionists proceeded on their journey with increased enthusiasm."

      Fred Allen

    • "If the automobile industry were like the computer industry over the past thirty years, a Rolls-Royce would cost $5.00, would get three hundred miles to the gallon, would cross the country in a matter of minutes, and once a year, would explode, killing all passengers."

      Ivars Peterson, “Fatal Defect: Chasing Killer Computer Bugs”

    • "It is an American weakness. The success becomes the sage. Scientists counsel on civil liberty; comedians and actresses lead political rallies; athletes tell us what brand of cigarette to smoke."

      Robert Leckie, “Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific”

    • "Often, the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth."

      Mark Twain, quoted in Bronston v. United States, 409 U.S. 352, 360, 93 S. Ct. 595, 600 (1973)

    • "As a litigant, I should dread a lawsuit beyond almost anything else short of sickness and death."

      Judge Learned Hand, quoted in “The Lawyers,” by M. Mayer

    • "Thrice armed is he who hath his quarrel just.  But four times he who gets his blow in fust."

      Josh Billings, American Humorist

    • "Now the problem I had in understanding the law was because the language of the law, instead of taking each word and finding out the case that the word related to, once in a while I got lazy and I would apply common sense.  And then I got really screwed up."

      Lenny Bruce