|McKool Smith Co-Founder Mike McKool featured in The Wall Street Journal Law Blog |
And Now for McKool Smith’s Next Trick . . .
|August 13, 2012 11:59 pm|
The Wall Street Journal:
Somewhat quietly, the Dallas-based law firm McKool Smith has had just a killer few years, pulling down verdict after settlement after verdict on behalf of patent-holders.
But, according to the WSJ, the path to success has recently gotten a bit rockier for the 177-lawyer firm.
In recent years, federal legislation and court rulings have made it harder for plaintiffs to win patent cases. Critics, including some judges, have cast deep doubt on patent litigation generally, largely on grounds that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued too many dubious patents in recent years.
Some lawyers and legal experts say that if anyone can make a big expansion push work, it's McKool, chiefly because it can use money from its big-ticket wins to lure top talent from other disciplines.
Others caution against rapid overexpansion, especially in expensive markets like New York and Silicon Valley.
But broader success, if it comes for McKool, will likely look different than the type experienced by the firm in the past decade.
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