Saving Legal Expenses in Tight Times

Most intellectual property lawsuits in the jewelry industry are conducted in federal courts, which have a long-standing tradition of independence from short-term societal issues. If your company is involved in litigation, don't expect the judge to limit judicial process because of difficult economic times. How should the jewelry industry respond to this challenge? Many in the industry walk away from any lawsuit as soon as an issue arises. In some cases, a person accused of infringement—even someone with valid legal rights and the likelihood of success—may give up because the financial impact of the accused item is insignificant or the potential legal expenses are high. But it isn't always easy to back out without financial pain. Cases involving patents, copy-rights, trade dress, and trade-marks are almost always litigated in the federal courts, where the judicial process is detai

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