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)URPWKH(GLWRU ,Q +RXVH&RXQVHO7RRONLW This issue of Partnering Perspectives offers our ¿UVWLQ KRXVHFRXQVHOWRRONLW�f;ZKLFKLQFOXGHVWRROVIRU KDQGOLQJLVVXHVLQDQXPEHURIDUHDV (DFKDUWLFOHRIIHUVLQVLJKWVRQDWRSLFDVZHOO DVVWHSVWRFRQVLGHUWDNLQJ)RUH[DPSOH�f; B. Scott Burton SURYLGHVDSUDFWLFDOORRNDWVRPHRIWKHPRUH VLJQL¿FDQWDUHDVWRDGGUHVVZKHQUHYLHZLQJDQG QHJRWLDWLQJFRQ¿GHQWLDOLW\DJUHHPHQWV7KH In Practice VHJPHQWSUHVHQWVUHFHQWFKDQJHVLQSDWHQWUHIRUP�f;PRUH VSHFL¿FDOO\LQFRQQHFWLRQWRWKH$PHULFD,QYHQWV$FW 7KHDXWKRU�f; Ann Fort �f;DOVRVKDUHVLGHDVIRULQ KRXVH FRXQVHOWRFRQVLGHUDVDUHVXOWRISDWHQWUHIRUP 7KHDUWLFOHE\ Jennifer Fletcher RQSURMHFW PDQDJHPHQWFRQWDLQVDFKHFNOLVW�f;EHVWSUDFWLFHVDQGD NLFN RIIPHHWLQJVDPSOHDJHQGDIRULQ KRXVHFRXQVHO ZKHQLQLWLDWLQJSURMHFWGLVFXVVLRQV:HKRSH\RXZLOO ¿QGLWXVHIXOLQRUJDQL]LQJDQGDGGUHVVLQJSURMHFWV $GGLWLRQDOO\�f;LQWKLVLVVXH�f; Cynthia Krus DQG Suzanne Sparrow SRLQWRXWVWHSVWKDWPDQDJHPHQWFDQWDNHWR SUHSDUHIRURUUHVSRQGWRDFULVLV )LQDOO\�f;LQRXU Vantage Viewpoints FROXPQ�f;WKH&KLHI (WKLFVDQG&RPSOLDQFH2I¿FHUDW+3�f; Ashley Watson �f; GLVFXVVHVZLWK Peter Farley NH\LVVXHVLQHPSOR\PHQW ODZFRPSOLDQFH ,KRSHWKDW\RXFDQDGGWKHVHDUWLFOHVWR\RXUOLVWRI UHVRXUFHVWRDVVLVW\RXWRGD\RUDWVRPHSRLQWLQWKHIXWXUH $VDOZD\V�f;,ZHOFRPH\RXUIHHGEDFNDQGVXJJHVWLRQVDW email@example.com 2U�f;\RXFDQ FRQWDFWPHGLUHFWO\DW firstname.lastname@example.org  'HERUDK+HLOL]HU Editor in Chief Partner Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP 'HERUDK+HLOL]HU 3DUWQHULQJ3HUVSHFWLYHV (GLWRULQ&KLHI Deborah Heilizer (GLWRULDO%RDUG Neil Lang B. Scott Burton William Hope Peter Farley Cynthia Krus 6XEVFULSWLRQV Partnering Perspectives is published quarterly by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP to provide an exchange of ideas across the inside and outside counsel relationship. To receive a complimentary subscription, send name and mailing address to email@example.com. $ERXW6XWKHUODQG 6XWKHUODQG$VELOO %UHQQDQ//3LVDODZ¿UPZLWK global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in c;�f;WKH¿UPKDQGOHVPDWWHUVWKURXJKRXWWKH8QLWHG States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas— FRUSRUDWH�f;HQHUJ\DQGHQYLURQPHQWDO�f;¿QDQFLDO services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a VLJQL¿FDQWQXPEHURI)RUWXQH FRPSDQLHV 687+(5/$1'$6%,// %5(11$1//3 ZZZVXWKHUODQGFRP © 2011 Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. All Rights Reserved. This communication is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice or a recommended course of action in any given situation. This communication is not intended to be, and should not be, relied upon by the recipient in making decisions of a legal nature with respect to the issues discussed herein. The recipient is encouraged to consult independent counsel before making any decisions or taking any action concerning the matters in this communication. This communication does not create an attorney-client relationship between Sutherland and the recipient. CIRCULAR 230 DISCLOSURE: To comply with Treasury Department regulations, we inform you that, unless otherwise expressly indicated, any tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code or any other applicable tax law, or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction, arrangement, or other matter. 2 I 3DUWQHULQJ3HUVSHFWLYHV I Winter 2011
In-House Counsel Toolkit
<br /> This issue of Partnering Perspectives offers our first in-house counsel toolkit, which includes tools for handling issues in a number of areas.<br /> <br /> Each article offers insights on a topic as well as steps to consider taking. For example, B. Scott Burton provides a practical look at some of the more significant areas to address when reviewing and negotiating confidentiality agreements. The In Practice segment presents recent changes in patent reform, more specifically in connection to the America Invents Act. The author, Ann Fort, also shares ideas for in-house counsel to consider as a result of patent reform.<br /> <br /> The article by Jennifer Fletcher on project management contains a checklist, best practices and a kick-off meeting sample agenda for in-house counsel when initiating project discussions. We hope you will find it useful in organizing and addressing projects. Additionally, in this issue, Cynthia Krus and Suzanne Sparrow point out steps that management can take to prepare for or respond to a crisis.<br /> <br /> Finally, in our Vantage Viewpoints column, the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at HP, Ashley Watson, discusses with Peter Farley key issues in employment law compliance.<br /> <br /> I hope that you can add these articles to your list of resources to assist you today or at some point in the future. As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can contact me directly at email@example.com.