I was fortunate to work at Lyon & Lyon after graduating from USC Law. At that time it was the largest patent law firm in LA and a great place to start. As with any large law firm it had different personalities, but a common understanding that in advising a client, formulating strategy, or preparing legal papers what mattered were the decisions of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Law students learn appeals are where much of the significant case law is developed. Since the CAFC has had exclusive jurisdiction over patent appeals since 1982, it has considered many issues that arise in patent law. Thus, much can be learned about U.S. patent law when a CAFC judge gives a public talk. In that vein, here's Gene Quinn's article Chief Judge Rader Speaks Out About Patent Litigation Abuse.
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