supra135 wrote: alphasteve wrote:
Filings are up because everyone is bifurcating everything, including IPR petitions. Some people are filing three of four petitions on the same patent, and then you sometimes get another company doing the same thing on the same patent. It's all copying and pasting, though, after the first petition, so it's not high-hours work.
New case filings are up because of AIA.
Right... but that is more work, rather than less work, at any rate. I mean, its not like these things were going to trial more often pre-AIA. I don't think we are seeing any slowing in terms of demand for associates and recruiting.
Is a promotion to junior partner the only possibility for a change in your general responsibilities? Or are there other milestones - and how do you reach them?
I know a patent prosecutor who was recently promoted to junior partner (without having had any clients yet) - his job changed considerably because now he is mostly concerned with gathering clients for prosecution. Albeit until he is bringing a a certain minimum flow of revenue to the firm, he still needs to submit billable hours. So I am curious how similar or different the responsibilities are of a partner who ascended via litigation.
Partners take witnesses at trial and generally handle the deposition of experts. They will also likely argue the key terms at a Markman. Associates of all ranges have taken depositions, argued claim terms, and been on trial teams (at least at my firm). A lot of our young partners are still not bringing in business. Frankly, where prosecution is not all that expensive, litigation can be. So, GC's don't want to deal with non-partners when determining who to send a case to. Other than that, partners oversee the case as it goes along. Midlevels and younger associates do all of the motion practice, discovery, and are substantively involved in technical expert reports - though some partners may take control at this point. I actually feel like I have a significant amount of experience given my class year - I've taken 9 depos and defended 1. Granted, most of those were in a federal court pro bono matter, but two of them were of named defendants in non-patent IP lit case in federal court.