Intellectual Property: A special report explores the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which shifts the United States from a system where a patent is awarded to the first person who comes up with an invention to one where it's awarded to the first person who files a patent application.
Fight over false claims decisions: Michael Scarcella reports on a government-contracting fraud suit before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that tests the scope of the government's authority to abruptly end a whistleblower suit to protect the interests of the United States.
Howrey exiles: Several months after Howrey's demise, Matthew Huisman reports on how its former attorneys are settling in at other firms.
Mystery man: Tony Mauro profiles Arnold & Porter attorney Anthony Franze, who wrote a soon-to-be-released thriller novel set in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Disorderly conduct: An overhaul of Washington's disorderly conduct laws last year left the Office of the Attorney General without an area of its traditional prosecutorial authority. Zoe Tillman reports that a fix is in the works.