by Dennis Crouch
I am one of the many followers of the prolific and outspoken patent guru and professor Harold C. Wegner. Well before the Internet and blogs arrived, “Hal” Wegner was writing articles and distributing his views on patent cases and patent law policy. Soon after I started Patently-O, Wegner stopped by my MBHB office for the first of our many visits together. Over the years, Wegner has helped me in myriad ways and I am glad to have him as a friend and mentor. Even when it is painfully sharp, his insight is usually exactly on target.
This month marks two major milestones for Hal Wegner. First, he is retiring from the Foley & Lardner law firm after two decades as a partner. He previously ran his own DC-based law firm for more than a decade and will once again open his own consultancy – this time out of his Naples Florida office. Second – and perhaps more important for many of his readers – a the end of the month Hal is discontinuing his popular “Top Ten” patent cases and daily commentary on patent developments. In his next iteration, Wegner is looking to focus more in depth in a set of patent practice monographs. Congratulations Hal!
Here at Patently-O, we are looking forward to continuing in Wegner’s tradition next year in at least one way – featuring our own authorized version of Wegner’s Top Ten list of pending cases.