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Being an intellectual property boutique isn’t quite what it used to be. So firms like Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox are getting creative to grab business. The 71-attorney firm is launching an Inventorship Dispute Resolution Service designed to mediate disputes on patent claims. Linda Horner, a partner involved in the service, says they put the program together after being asked to arbitrate similar claims in the past. It could be binding or otherwise, depending on the contract, but Horner hopes the firm will be able to woo clients who wouldn’t get IP-trained mediators at a more general arbitration service. Although the idea isn’t entirely new, intellectual property attorneys say it’s something of a tricky setup because it means the firm could be conflicted out of future litigation on both sides. But for Sterne, the idea seems worthwhile, Horner says. “It’s a potential area of growth for the firm — providing a service to parties that we might not otherwise represent,” she says.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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