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Intellectual property specialty law firms were supposed to have vanished by now. They couldn’t survive competition from general practice firms aggressively moving in on their turf, many IP lawyers said [ IP Law & Business, "Adapt or Die," March 2005]. And sure enough, the past decade saw a half-dozen IP firms close their doors or merge with general practice firms. Howrey, which mixed a strong IP practice with antitrust and general litigation, became the most recent victim in 2011.

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