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There are 50 beautiful states in this country and you've probably got business in more than a few of them. As in-house counsel, you don't need to memorize the commercial codes from California to Connecticut, but there are some important state issues that you should be aware of. States with big markets and lots of regulation deserve extra attention. (We're looking at you, California and New York.)

So, to help you out, here are our top state-specific tips for corporate counsel, from the FindLaw archives.

In-House Counsel's Short Guide to Important PTAB Cases

Though it was only created within the last few years under the America Invents Act of 2012, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has been the situs of much intellectual property drama and bloodletting. Generally, boards that are this young need even a decade or two to pass before lawyers can start generating a nice spreadsheet of precedential cases.

But the recent tidal wave of PTAB appeals before the Federal Circuit has reminded us of the importance of in house counsel's understanding of the whole PTAB process.

Legal Departments: Getting Ready for Summer Associates

Recently we covered the legal issues involving summer interns working gratis. Now we can address a meatier concern: summer associates.

Much ink and gossip is spilled and spent (not necessarily in that order, mind you) over how to handle summer associate culture. But what about summer associates in an in-house setting?

Business Disclosures: When Your Business Discloses Too Much

One of the biggest problems that an in-house lawyer will have to address is what to do with inadvertent business disclosures of valuable company information.

In fact, many of these disclosures can be made (mistakenly) by your business in an attempt to build strong business relations. Sounds good. But what do you do to address problems that are sure to arise due to good-faith disclosures?

You don't have to be an Internet giant to have a presence on the web. And the web has long been considered relatively lawless when it comes to government regulations -- think hacking, illegal trade and streaming, the lack of sales tax. But that sort of lawlessness doesn't apply to you.

There are, indeed, significant legal issues involving your company's website. Here's what every in-house counsel needs to know.

You have contracts with vendors and employees. You have trade secrets agreements and domestic patent protections. You're even pursing individual foreign patents. But, if you're not filing an application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, you're overlooking an important tool to protect your company's intellectual property internationally.

The Patent Cooperation Treaty creates a unified procedure for patenting inventions internationally. And while a PCT application doesn't actually result in an international patent, it does have numerous benefits, including reducing patent examination work and giving you an extra 18 months to file for patent protection in foreign jurisdictions.

A good in-house attorney is a generalist, able to move from complex compliance issues to corporate strategizing to internal H.R. disputes and back again. But being a jack of all trades shouldn't make you a master of none.

There are plenty of skills in-house counsel need to master in order to succeed. With that in mind, here are our top corporate counsel skill posts, from the FindLaw archives.

It just got a little easier for in-house and transactional attorneys to know if their legal documents meet current standards. Thomson Reuters's Drafting Assistant, the only end-to-end transactional drafting software solution in the world, just added a new "locate precedent" feature that allows you to compare your draft to similar documents, one clause at a time. (Disclosure: Thomson Reuters is FindLaw's parent company.)

That means greater confidence, quicker drafting, and many fewer errors sneaking through. That's great news for in-house attorneys.

Walk through your corporate halls today and you might see something new on your colleague's computer screens. Next to Word, Excel, Facebook, and Slack, everyone is checking their March Madness bracket.

Is March Madness a largely harmless time suck, an inappropriate (and possibly illegal) example of gambling at the office, or the perfect corporate bonding opportunity? It depends on how you handle it.

In case you haven't been reading the tabloids lately, Gawker, the Internet gossip site, is currently facing a $100 million lawsuit by Hulk Hogan, the 80's professional wrestling superstar.

Gawker, you see, posted an illicit video of Hogan having sex with a friend's wife, but the real shocker is how poorly Gawker's editors performed when deposed. Gawker's terrible showing is a helpful reminder to the rest of us: never cut corners when it comes to prepping high-level employees for litigation.