Greetings and welcome to Skilled in the Art. I’m IP reporter Scott Graham. On a brief trip to San Francisco last week I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Marilyn Hall Patel, the former chief judge of the Northern District of California, and her former law clerk Kassie Helm, now an IP life sciences partner at Dechert in New York. We discussed the state of women in IP law, including Judge Patel’s pioneering practice of encouraging senior partners to entrust their junior partners and associates with more featured roles in the courtroom. Below are excerpts of our conversation. Plus, I’ve got a quick look at copyright lawsuits filed Thursday that accuse Google and Amazon of turning a blind eye to brazen music piracy, and a recap of Cooley‘s six-years-in-the-making patent victory for Nintendo of America.

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Retired U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, left, and Dechert partner Kassie Helm.

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