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Greetings and welcome to Skilled in the Art. I’m Law.com 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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Scott Graham

Scott Graham focuses on intellectual property and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He writes ALM's Skilled in the Art IP briefing. Contact him at sgraham@alm.com.

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