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Top 10 of this. Most influential dozen of that. Hottest 20 of the other. Lists sing a siren song to journalists. They can organize and clarify a complicated subject. And they’re invariably well-read. Of course, they’re also inherently suspect. Maybe they oversimplify complex judgments. Perhaps they compare apples and oranges. And how in the world do list-makers decide that the magic number is 10 or 20, not 11 or 17 or 23? Legal Timesthinks that, taken with the appropriate grain of salt, lists do offer some valuable insights. We’re all above average, but some of us are more above average. And (did I mention?) they’re invariably well-read. Thus Legal Timespresents a reporton 15 leading lawyers of intellectual property. Editor at large Jonathan Groner gets the stories on this fascinating group. After you’ve read that, move to ” Is the Future Free?” in which Legal Timescolumnist Evan Schultz offers a timely examination of a potentially blockbuster dispute between SCO and IBM over free software. He digs a little deeper into the particulars of the litigation and considers what it might mean for the fate of the increasingly popular Linux and other free software. Were you following events in Cancun last month? Before the World Trade Organization talks collapsed, member states were planning to discuss efforts to enhance protection of so-called geographical indications. In lieu of a rousing WTO debate, trademark attorney Janet Hoffman answersour questions about the marks that cover cheese, wine, and so much more.Finally, in this issue of IP,we introduce a new feature, ” Verdicts & Settlements,” which reports interesting jury decisions on IP cases coming out of courts in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. We examine only three verdicts this time around; we would like to report more. But we need your help. Information about jury verdicts and settlements can be sent to our affiliate VerdictSearch. (They’ll be happy to hear about verdicts outside the D.C. area as well.) Thank you. — Elizabeth Engdahl, Managing Editor

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