Intellectual property and specialty practice areas are the main topics in today's special report honoring the business of law.

  • High-tech companies turn to International Trade Commission to resolve patent disputes

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is quickly becoming the forum of choice for high-tech companies seeking to protect their products from patent infringement. This year is likely to be a record year for new complaints at the ITC.

  • Winning track record allows TBM founding partner to make a difference

    Former Marine Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr. doesn't have "Semper Fidelis" tattooed on his arm. But he has that motto as a mindset when he deals with clients of his law firm.

  • Patent reform legislation slowly making way through Congress

    Legislators have been discussing the need to make sweeping changes to the country's patent system almost since the start of the decade.

  • New clarity for damages in patent disputes

    As the U.S. economy struggles, technology companies have shown an increased willingness to fight over key patent rights. Now more than ever, the outcome of patent litigation can determine the fate of a company or an entire industry.

  • Legal dispute could increase cost of digital TV

    WASHINGTON -- A small Pennsylvania company's patent lawsuits could hamstring the government's $1.5 billion effort to make the transition to digital television easier on consumers' wallets.

  • Drug marketing faces push back in Washington

    WASHINGTON -- While calls for the drug industry to clean up its multibillion-dollar advertising act grow louder, companies are quietly pushing for more lenient rules for pitching drugs directly to doctors.

  • E. coli lawyer in Seattle makes good money from bad food

    SAN FRANCISCO -- A girl fell into a 40-day coma after eating a bad Jack in the Box hamburger. Fifteen years later, she is still suffering ill effects. That doesn't bode well for a toddler who spent six weeks in the hospital in 2006 after eating E. coli-tainted spinach from California.

  • Malingerer test roils personal-injury law

    A test designed to expose fakers is roiling the field of personal-injury law, distressing plaintiffs and strengthening the hand of employers and insurers.

  • Unique estate planning issues for domestic partners

    A number of complex estate planning issues exist for domestic partners that do not exist for married couples, due to a lack of recognition at the federal level of any relationship other than heterosexual marriage. These issues and distinctions complicate traditional estate planning techniques and require analysis for each couple's specific circumstances.

  • Development of senior communities in San Diego

    The baby boom generation (U.S. adults born between 1946 and 1964) comprises approximately 77 million people. Baby boomers began turning 60 in the year 2006. By the year 2030, it is projected that the number of Americans aged 66 and older will be 71.5 million. The baby boom generation is one of the wealthiest generations in American history and will be an active consumer in the residential market. More than half of boomers intend to purchase a new home for retirement and about half expect to move during retirement, typically to a warm-weather climate in the South or the West, such as San Diego.

  • Preventing wage, hour class actions should be top priority for employers

    In the past year, wage and hour class actions against California employers have continued to proliferate, with many cases resulting in skyrocketing settlements or judgments against employers (such as the recent $105 million verdict against Starbucks).

  • Creating an effective IP and trade secret protection program

    Employee mobility is the greatest threat to a company's intellectual property. Gone are the days when an employee hires in and retires with a gold watch after 30 years of service. In this age of employee turnover, it's not surprising that nearly all theft of corporate information is committed by someone within the company.

  • San Diego bar unveils new code of conduct

    The San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) unveiled an updated and expanded “attorney code of conduct” Thursday, one of the cornerstones of its 2008 Campaign on Civility, Integrity and Professionalism.

  • Court to hear case that could help workers claim benefits

    WASHINGTON -- When Wanda Glenn first sought disability benefits from MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET) in 2000, she "never in a million years" expected it would end up as a Supreme Court case.

  • Serwin to head Foley's new privacy/security practice

    Foley & Lardner recently launched a privacy, security & information management practice, which will be chaired by San Diego partner Andrew B. Serwin.

Law Week - Monday

Roundtables

National News

  • Legal dispute could increase cost of digital TV

    WASHINGTON -- A small Pennsylvania company's patent lawsuits could hamstring the government's $1.5 billion effort to make the transition to digital television easier on consumers' wallets.

  • Drug marketing faces push back in Washington

    WASHINGTON -- While calls for the drug industry to clean up its multibillion-dollar advertising act grow louder, companies are quietly pushing for more lenient rules for pitching drugs directly to doctors.

  • E. coli lawyer in Seattle makes good money from bad food

    SAN FRANCISCO -- A girl fell into a 40-day coma after eating a bad Jack in the Box hamburger. Fifteen years later, she is still suffering ill effects. That doesn't bode well for a toddler who spent six weeks in the hospital in 2006 after eating E. coli-tainted spinach from California.

  • Malingerer test roils personal-injury law

    A test designed to expose fakers is roiling the field of personal-injury law, distressing plaintiffs and strengthening the hand of employers and insurers.

  • Court to hear case that could help workers claim benefits

    WASHINGTON -- When Wanda Glenn first sought disability benefits from MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET) in 2000, she "never in a million years" expected it would end up as a Supreme Court case.

Archived Reports

Law Week - Monday - 2012

The Daily Transcript kicks off its weeklong series with a look at a state bill headed for debate, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, profiles and more.

Law Week - Monday - 2011

The Daily Transcript kicks off its weeklong series with a look at corporate law, mergers, a profile with a local general counsel and more.

Law Week - Monday - 2010

This weeklong series focusing on the business of law in San Diego kicks off with a look at corporate law, e-discovery, social media, a Q&A with local attorneys and more.

Law Week - Monday - 2009

This weeklong series focusing on the business of law in San Diego kicks off with a look at the construction and real estate legal arenas, including a Q&A with local attorneys.

Law Week - Monday - Solo Practitioners & Small Firms

This weeklong series honoring the business of law in San Diego culminates with today's report, which takes a look at solo practioners and small firms.

Law Week - Monday - National & International Practices

Today's Law Week special report features national and international practices.

Law Week - Monday - Legal Education & Services

In honor of Law Week, today's special report takes a closer look at legal education and services.

Law Week - Monday - Full-Service Law Firms

This weeklong series honoring the business of law in San Diego kicks off today with a spotlight on full-service law firms.