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How many lawyers out there would jump at the chance to turn in their business suits, briefcases and time sheets for an opportunity to live the seemingly glamorous rock ‘n roll life? Even if you’ve never slammed a power chord on a lacquered Fender Stratocaster or had visions of tossing yourself off the edge of a stage into a human net awaiting you in the mosh pit, surely the idea of goin’ out on the road and, you know, just hangin’ with the band has got to be one of those enduring fantasies — right up there with, say, playing shortstop for (fill in your favorite baseball team) or, for the more high-cultured among us, bringing tearful audiences to their feet with your soaring arias from “La Boheme.” OK, back to reality. Michael Page, a San Francisco-based IP litigator, wears business suits, lugs a briefcase here and there and, no doubt, is intimately familiar with time sheets. Only, in his case, he’s already been there, done that as far as rock ‘n roll is concerned. In fact, the partner at San Francisco litigation firm Keker & Van Nest spent more than a dozen years on and off that high-life road with the likes of Hall & Oates, Neil Young, the Cars and other familiar (along with some not-so-familiar) musical acts. So how did the onetime roadie and tour manager wind up handling high-profile copyright cases and other IP matters for some equally familiar (and not-so-familiar) clients? You’ll find the answers by reading freelance writer Mark Thompson’s engaging profile of Page and his practice inside this issue. Normally, this magazine has focused on international (and chiefly Pacific Rim) IP issues in its winter issues. But to be honest, we didn’t want to wait a few months this time around before publishing articles about two fascinating trends in Asian-related IP law. On the one hand, Taiwan is emerging as one of the hottest marketplaces around in terms of patent disputes pitting Taiwanese companies against competitors in the United States, Korea and Japan. Not surprisingly, as you’ll read in “Made in Taiwan,” U.S. law firms are reacting by looking to Taipei as a natural place to enlist new clients. In nearby Japan, meanwhile, a cultural tradition that has long frowned on waging IP litigation against others is giving way to a new legal aggressiveness on the part of Japanese companies, which you’ll find explained in “Land of the Rising Suit.” Again, there are implications here for American law firms and lawyers who devote their practices to intellectual property work. Fantasy, meanwhile, hasn’t been completely abandoned in this issue. For example, there’s the story (“Fold ‘Em, Counselor”) about an in-house patent lawyer who, at least for the time being, has quit the legal life in favor of a gig as a professional poker player. You’ll also find out why a solo IP practitioner spends much of his time enthusiastically exploring the ins and outs of Apple Computer’s iPod digital music player. Rock on! Steven Pressman Editor [email protected]

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