Editorial: The practitioners of ‘black arts’ need to watch their reputation
The "red-headed step-daughter of IP" is finally getting some attention
This, I was told by a US design patents lawyer, is one derogatory term for his area of practice in the United States. I hadn't heard it before, but these jibes clearly stick. "When you told people what area of law you worked in, they used to put on a pitying face. It was like saying you were a chiropractor, rather than a doctor," he says. "I was once described in a news piece as practising the 'dark arts' of design patents."
Some of that reputation comes...
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