Sarah Columbia told Law360 on January 29 that she sees changes in the way that companies are approaching intellectual property litigation. Given the bad economy in 2009, Ms. Columbia said, “What we were seeing was companies more inclined to resolve IP litigation when it involved one commercial company suing another. … [W]aging a huge patent fight costing millions of dollars just didn’t make sense.” However, she added, when companies were sued by patent-holding firms, they often chose not to back down, a trend that (along with more lawsuits between competitors) she expects to continue in 2010. “Companies that are being chronically sued are starting to say, ‘Let’s not just pay off patent holders in settlements. Let’s make these guys work to prove their case,’” she declared.