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Few would blink if they came across Cabbage Patch dolls displayed in a pediatrician’s office. Atlanta’s Needle & Rosenberg, however, is likely the only law firm in the country that decorates with the pudgy, mop-headed toys. Four display cases house other mementos of the Midtown intellectual property firm’s clients, as well as the patents and trademarks the firm has secured for the likes of Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, Nestea iced tea and Switzer’s licorice. “This is who we are and what we do,” says William H. Needle, who founded the firm in 1983. His partner, Sumner C. Rosenberg, arrived two years later, and the firm now employs 31 attorneys, two patent agents and two science advisers. Visitors enjoy the exhibit, Needle adds. “When clients see it, they say, �I need to give you something to display about us,’” he says. “It helps to set us apart and graphically demonstrate who are and have been our clients.” The firm’s first client was Xavier Roberts of Original Appalachian Artworks Inc., who created the original soft-sculpture dolls that later became Cabbage Patch Kids. At Needle’s former firm — Newton, Hopkins & Ormsby — Needle filed his first Cabbage Patch Kids trademark infringement suit in 1979. A copy of that suit hangs in the hallway. In 1986, Needle filed another suit against the creators of Garbage Pail Kids. “We won our client $6 million for that one,” Needle recalls, glancing at a collection of miniature Garbage Pail Kids he won in the settlement. Other keepsakes include a paper peach fan commemorating the firm’s representation of the state of Georgia, and a large papier-m�ch� Mickey Mouse head celebrating the firm’s business with The Walt Disney Co. “I’ve used that a few times at parties,” Rosenberg cracks. Looking at the other items on display reminds Needle of several past clients, including the Allman Brothers Band, sued in the 1970s for royalties from the album cover “Eat a Peach,” and Domino’s Pizza, sued by Domino Sugar for trademark infringement also in the late 1970s. “There’s stuff here I can’t even remember,” he says. But as office d�cor goes, he adds, “it beats printings of horses.”

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