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Back to our roots

Hyperion Law is founded on a radical idea.

Radical means “going back to the root”. The ultimate root of being a lawyer is being a trusted councilor, representing clients zealously, and empowering them to be effective stewards of their own rights.

My vision for Hyperion is a firm with core values that result in creation of a special partnership with clients – one that results not just in outstanding work product but in the lawyer acting as a true integral part of clients’ own business teams. I also believe that true passion in my clients’ business translates into true excellence in representation.

I see three pillars upon which to grow my practice:

– Passion.  No doing this because it’s not a bad way to make a living, or taking work because things are slow – engaging with clients because they have a problem I can be passionate about solving with them.

– Purpose.  No filing patents just because it’s fun.  It is.  But that’s not the point.  File for patents because the client and I see a clear way in which filing the application provides a direct benefit to the client and/or the client’s company.

– Vision.  Here I’m inspired by Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos.com, who said to chase the vision, not the money.  Have a bigger vision than just a pile of patents on a shelf – for example, an inventor who develops strategic relationships by licensing their intellectual property or a company that creates a competitive edge by concretely defining how they are unique from their competitors.  Be a part of something bigger than me and contribute to a jointly-developed vision of greatness.

In short, passionately doing great work for awesome clients that I truly believe in.

Getting over it…

I’ve been running Hyperion Law for exactly four months today. Why start a blog now?

Lawyers are typically trained to be wary of creating any sort of unnecessary Written Record. And when we do need to create one, it needs to be complete, but not over-inclusive, capable of being shown to judge and jury (and opposing counsel!), and crafted with an awareness that it Can And Will Be Used Against Us. That’s a high bar to apply to a blog …

One of the things I need to be able to do though, to implement my visions for Hyperion, is to strike off in a different direction from the conservative norm. And my motivation to blog comes from the idea that we could create a corner of the world for meaningful conversations between technologists, lawyers, philosophers, entrepreneurs, and curious minds from all over the globe… So, with that in mind, here I am. Getting over it. Wish me luck!!

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Hello, world!

Picture of Cynthia GilbertFirst off, introductions!

Who is this Hyperion guy, anyhow? Hyperion was the Greek god who was the father of the sun, the moon, and the dawn. This seems like an appropriate patron, given my mission of enlightening clients. How did I decide to name my firm after him? I’ve always named my computers/networks/machinery after figures from Greek and Roman mythology. When it came time to name my firm, I turned to the same sources for inspiration.

Who am I? A technologist-turned-lawyer with an entrepreneurial streak. An early adopter. An enthusiastic student of everything from law and technology to languages and history. And a first-time blogger! I hope you will have some patience in the first few days/weeks as I sort out Word Press and figure out how to get the blog up and running smoothly.

Who are you? Well, hopefully, you’ve got an interest in the ways in which law and technology intersect, are curious about the world of IP/patent law and how tech companies can use patents/IP to further their business objectives, want to read about my adventures starting and running a law firm, and/or will join me in a conversation about interesting tech topics of our day. Feel free to leave a comment introducing yourself!