Once upon a time, a technical background plus a law degree practically guaranteed employment for intellectual property attorneys. But in 2009, even IP attorneys faced a tight job market.

During the uncertain economy of 2009, large firms hired 43.1 percent fewer lateral attorneys than they did during 2008, according to data supplied by 21 of the 26 largest Texas firms for Texas Lawyer ‘s annual Lateral Moves Survey. The drop in overall lateral hiring was so dramatic it even affected firms’ willingness to hire experienced IP attorneys. [See related charts (paid subscription required).]

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