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Corporate Law Departments & Organizational Methods

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Corporate law departments have been a growing sector of the legal profession, but the number of lawyers employed in this segment of the profession appears currently to be stable. There are two principal methods of organization in corporate law departments, decentralized and centralized. The organizational style of the law department often reflects the management concepts prevalent throughout the corporation.
 
Corporate Law Departments & Organizational Methods

Patent departments are also organized in several ways. Some companies employ more patent attorneys than general legal personnel while others require more legal counsel, depending on the business of the corporation. Manufacturing companies have greater patent needs than do service or financial corporations. The patent function may report directly to the general counsel or to another corporate official such as the vice president for research.

The internal corporate law department has become commonplace in the business corporation for many reasons. Among the most common are (1) economy, (2) more responsive service, and (3) integration with management.

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