Moving Away from Billable Hours in Patent Litigation

November 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Patent Litigation, People

William Lee, patent litigator and co-managing partner at Wilmer Hale, will be discussing fixed fees and the state of patent litigation for clients and law firms on a webinar at November 12, 2009 at 2:00PM.

Intellectual Property Owners Association’s weekly one-hour webinar on current topics in IP, hosted by Pamela Sherrid, former editor of IP Law & Business magazine.

$100 per user per webinar
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Thursday, November 12, 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

The demise of the billable hour has been predicted for years, but today’s economic woes are finally pushing alternative fee arrangements into the mainstream. Fixed fees seem an odd fit for high-stakes patent litigation, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been tried. Hear how the experiment works out for clients and top law firms.


Kevin Rhodes is the President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of 3M Innovative Properties Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is responsible for managing the intellectual property assets of 3M Company and its worldwide affiliates.

John Adkisson is a patent litigation partner in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson. He has represented 3M in several cases, including 3M Innovative Properties Co. v. Avery Dennison Corp. which ended with a permanent injunction.

William Lee is a patent litigator and co-managing partner of WilmerHale. He has tried more than 50 patent cases to judgment and argued more than 30 appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.



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