Many an inventor has walked into David Lafkas’ patent law office with what he’s sure is a billion-dollar idea.

But as Lafkas is quick to point out, the eureka moment that spawned the innovation is no guarantee that the inventor will be the one to cash in on the idea.

Piracy and theft are rife in today’s internet-connected and globalized economy, posing myriad dangers for researchers, inventors and any other professional with a marketable new concept. That’s where Intellectual Property law comes in, the best defense for those with a winning business model to protect what’s theirs.

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