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The ongoing controversy and heated debate over the issue of “patent trolls” has shown up previously in the pages of this magazine. Indeed, the very first cover story that appeared in the inaugural issue of IP Magazine, in the fall of 2001, spotlighted the origins of the controversy, which revolves around companies whose sole purpose is to gather up patents and then turn around and sue others for alleged infringement of those patents. Our earlier cover story took a look at a then-nascent cottage industry � led in large part by some very enterprising plaintiffs’ attorneys � that was generating rather impressive profits derived from all those infringement suits. The lawyers described it all as a case of vigorous enforcement. Defendants, on the other hand, had other words in mind � “highway robbery” and “extortion” were among the most vivid and dramatic examples. Nearly four years later, the patent trolls are still among us. But the story has shifted a bit, which is why it made sense to take another cover-story look at an issue that continues to be a vexing one � or, depending on your perspective, a very rewarding one � for those who toil in the fields of patent law. Our coverage includes an article by Brenda Sandburg (“Time for Reform?”) that previews a pending debate in Congress over a proposed overhaul of the nation’s patent laws. Alas, Sandburg, who covers intellectual property issues as a senior writer for The Recorder (and who also wrote our maiden-issue cover story nearly four years ago), probably dreams about trolls, given her expertise on the subject and the amount of time she’s devoted to writing about them. In a companion piece, Thomas Adcock, a reporter for the New York Law Journal, which is affiliated with this magazine, profiles two lawyers at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe who are waging a legal crusade � with a fair amount of success, so far � against those pesky trolls. Of course, there are plenty of other interesting things going on in the world of intellectual property law beside the patent-law ramifications of singularly unattractive fairy-tale figures. In this issue, you also might enjoy reading about a venerable IP law firm and its unique relationship with a prestigious literary agency led by an attorney with his own impressive IP-related pedigree. You’ll also find news about yoga positions, stem cells, E.T.’s trademark legacy and why some prestigious IP law firms share something in common with beer makers and detergent manufacturers. As always, we look forward to hearing about your own IP adventures. If there’s a story out there that you think deserves to be told, feel free to drop us a line. With or without the trolls. Steven Pressman Editor [email protected]

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