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Alexandria, Va. (January 26, 2009)—At a time when law firms and in-house legal departments are tightening their belts, Patent Resources Group (PRG) has introduced a new Loyalty Program to provide patent legal professionals the valuable Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit they need to continue practicing.

The new program offers exclusive pricing on any 2009 Advanced Courses for attendees of any one of Patent Resource Group’s 2008 Advanced Courses, Workshops, Seminars or Patent Bar Review courses. Additionally, attendees of any 2009 course will receive Loyalty Program pricing for any subsequent Advanced Courses in 2009, as well as in 2010.

“Changes in patent law do not wait for the economy to get better,” says PRG Vice President Sally Sakelaris. “Patent lawyers and their employers still need to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date, or risk their success at prosecuting patent applications and litigating patent cases.”

Attendees of Patent Resources Group’s 2008 courses should contact the registrar at 434-974-1700 to verify eligibility and register.

Since last October, the legal community has seen a steady down-sizing of sizeable law firms across the country. According to an International Herald Tribune report from November 2008 (http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/12/business/law.php), a number prominent national law firms have either laid-off employees or closed entirely. Since then, a variety of firms have also laid off hundreds of employees, according to an article in the January 16 edition of The Legal Intelligencer (http://www.law.com/jsp/pa/PubArticlePA.jsp?id=1202427506484).

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