Raleigh, NC (April 14, 2011) – Robert Rehm, an attorney in Smith Anderson’s Intellectual Property practice group, recently spoke to members of the Duke Law Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society on "Maximizing the Effectiveness of Written Communications." Rehm moderated panel discussions at Duke Law's "Hot Topics in Intellectual Property" Symposia in 2010 and 2011.
During his presentation, Rehm pointed out that having an understanding of applicable legal principles and the expertise to analyze those principles are not the only prerequisites for providing high quality legal services. Just as important, especially in the area of written communications, is the ability to convey the results of legal analyses in a way that permits the recipient of the communication to effectively understand, assimilate, and apply those results. Rehm also noted that, although enhancing written communication skills can be time-consuming and require considerable effort, the potential rewards can be dramatic in terms of enhancing a lawyer's self-confidence as well as the quality of legal services that he or she provides.
Rehm's practice generally focuses on technology licensing and commercialization and the acquisition, licensing and protection of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property rights.