How to Start and Grow an IP Practice

(424 Ratings)

Produced on: November 29, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Intellectual property is booming. From global corporations to small businesses, from artisan cupcakes to biotechnology, an increasing amount of IP is being created and protected every day. With more than 50 million active IP filings and millions more being filed every year, this is a great time to create or expand an IP practice.

In this course, Alt Legal Founder and CEO Nehal Madhani discusses the fundamentals of intellectual property, how to identify a niche within IP for your practice, general practice requirements, ethical obligations, and potential pitfalls for IP attorneys. He also discusses how to use technology in an IP practice to gain a competitive advantage.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Define the basic principles of trademark, copyright, and patent law
  2. Identify methods for creating a niche IP practice
  3. Build an IP network utilizing social media and organizations
  4. Understand ethical obligations and pitfalls, including the dangers of administrative errors and the duty of technological competence
  5. Discuss the tools needed for an IP practice, including malpractice insurance, docketing systems, practice management, and intake software, and how to identify the best ones


Nehal Madhani

Alt Legal, Inc.

Nehal Madhani is an attorney and the founder and CEO of Alt Legal. Alt Legal's cloud-based software is trusted by Am Law 200 firms, boutique firms, and in-house legal departments to prepare and manage thousands of IP filings everyday. Before starting Alt Legal, Nehal practiced as an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. He is a Python/Django developer and serves on the board of Django-NYC, a nonprofit organization with nearly 2,500 software developers as members. He is also a CodeX fellow at Stanford Law School.

Nehal speaks and writes regularly about the intersection of legal practice and technology. He has also co-authored several publications about the challenges of applying current antitrust law to online business models, which have appeared in the Huffington Post and in the Journal of Management and Information Systems. Nehal was selected for the 2016 Fastcase 50 – an award that “recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.”

Nehal has a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School of Business, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. He graduated Northwestern University with a double major in biology and economics.


woody r.

Good presentation

Devon T.

The webinar was very informative and useful.

Mark G.

Very thorough presentation offering excellent insights.

Tiyesha D.

Excellent course! Presenter provided a good cursory discussion for the newbie IP practitioner.

Michael B.

Practical information.

Steven C.

Excellent CLE

Kushal M.

very good

Pauline M.

Very organized.

Melissa B.

Nice program

Kim K.

While the focus was on starting an IP practice, there was a great deal of valuable information for anyone starting a "niche" practice.

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