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From Concept to Consumer: How to Turn Ideas Into Money by Phil Baker

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Chapter 9 Legal Advice: Knowing When To Ignore It

A successful relationship is based less on having tight legal agreements and more on finding a company with high integrity.

As an engineer by training, I was unprepared to adequately judge many of the legal activities in which I became involved. We learn about thinking in terms of right and wrong, black and white. And isn’t that what law is all about? Far from it!

Over the years I’ve learned a lot and formed some strong opinions, not all positive. I experienced all sorts of legal challenges that I’ve been told are typical for companies with popular products. But looking back, I found much of the advice from capable lawyers in prestigious law firms to be impractical and just plain wrong. And if ...

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