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The official Web site for Marshall, Texas, touts some of the benefits of putting down stakes in the small town located 150 miles east of Dallas, along Interstate 80, not far from the Louisiana border: “If you’re looking for a safe place to raise children or you just want to get away from the city, you came to the right place!” The good folks of Marshall might want to consider adding a sentence in the town’s online profile — perhaps something along these lines: “If you’re an attorney looking for a productive place to litigate a pesky patent dispute or you just want to get away from your own local judges, you’ve also come to the right place!” Yep, little Marshall, Texas — population 25,000 or so — turns out to be one of the nation’s hot spots for patent litigation. Brenda Sandburg, who covers developments in intellectual property law for The Recorder, describes all the details in a feature story (“Marshall Plan”) that is far removed from the usual trappings and tales about patent litigators. Indeed, as you’ll read in Sandburg’s story, Jones Day has gone so far as to set up a mini-branch in Marshall. No word yet on whether the firm’s letterhead, brochures and other marketing materials will be updated to reflect its latest outpost. Besides Texas, this issue of IP magazine also takes a look at some thorny intellectual property challenges confronting in-house lawyers whose companies design computer memory chips and make world-famous shoes and other sports apparel. The issues facing John Danforth, the general counsel at Silicon Valley’s Rambus Inc., and Jim Carter, GC at Nike Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, are disparate: Danforth is immersed in a patent-related antitrust action brought by the Federal Trade Commission, while Carter and others at Nike are constantly trying to put the kibosh on all those counterfeit swooshes around the globe. But the lawyers at both companies share a common goal: defending the integrity — and, of course, the profitability — of their employers’ IP assets. How they go about pursuing that goal hopefully will be of interest to the readers of this magazine — in-house counsel and outside lawyers alike. As you make your way through the magazine, you’ll also notice that we have included summaries of recent appellate opinions dealing with various aspects of intellectual property law. Space limitations preclude us from publishing more than a sampling of these opinions. However, our companion Web site, www.callaw.com, offers subscribers access to the full text of appellate opinions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, California Supreme Court and other appellate tribunals. You also might take a look at the Web site’s IP Practice Center, which provides practitioners with news, analysis, white papers and other practical information about the vital area of intellectual property law.

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