At a very early stage in practice, every young lawyer should realize that there is
no need to reinvent the wheel in his or her briefs. Very few truly original issues exist in
any given case; therefore, it makes sense to look to past briefs for inspiration regarding
the argument and the law. However, there is a difference between inspiration and
copying. This difference has always been an issue of professional integrity, but now it is
also one of legal liability.
Intellectual Property attorney Ben Hodges reviews Newegg Inc. v. Ezra Sutton, PA and its implications for fair use.