Monthly Archives: June 2007

Lawyer Wikis

A colleague of mine, Joel Riff of Riff & Bui, sent me the article Lawyers Collaborate with Wikis from

Wikis are online collaboration tools that enable multiple users to post articles and to edit one another’s postings.  The most famous example is Wikipedia, an online Wiki-based encyclopedia that news reports say is now larger than proprietary encylcopedias, such as Encylopaedia Britannica.

A good list of legal wikis is available at, and another at the Wiki Index, according to the article.

Wikis could make sense for collaborative drafting of agreement forms, legislation and regulations, among other things. 

Patent Factoids

Some factoids about patents: Typical cost to obtain a U.S. patent: $5,000 to $25,000.  Cost to invalidate a patent: Legal fees average $4.5 million in patent disputes where more than $25 million is at risk. Cost of obtaining a patent versus invalidating one: You do the math. Number of inventions under active patent in theContinue Reading

Size of the Intangible Economy

How large is the intangible economy in the U.S.? U.S. businesses invest about $1 trillion in intellectual property and other intangible assets, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Board.  That’s as much as they invest in equipment and other tangible investments. Intangible assets, including intellectual property, constitute nearly 1/3 of the value ofContinue Reading

Tension between Quality Methodologies/Six Sigma and Innovation

Business Week ran an interesting cover story about the tensions between quality methodologies such as Six Sigma, and innovation and creativity. In sum, "while process excellence demands precision, consistency, and repetition, innovation calls for variation, failure and serendipity."  According to Management Professor Vijay Govindarajan, "the more you hardwire a company on total quality management, [theContinue Reading

Re-enter the Title Office – for Copyrights

In the old west, the land title office represented law and order, and helped keep the peace among ranchers, farmers and miners with competing claims.  In the movie version of the old west, the land title office invariably burns down… and the drama begins. It’s obvious that copyrights are critical to our economy, as theContinue Reading