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IP: Subject matter conflicts of interest in patent prosecution – The practical first step

What system is most effective to drill down on the subject matter of patent applications being handled by the firm?

This article series is focusing on subject matter conflict of interest issues are a significant concern for attorneys. Patent practitioners have an additional layer of concern with respect to subject matter conflicts of interest. This type of additional conflict search is not related to the inventors, assignee or research team, but is directly related to the patent application disclosure.

The first article introduced the topic and discussed generally why it is an important consideration. The second (and last) article reviewed in depth a recent case brought by a former client against a firm that involved this type of conflict, how it developed and the complications that exist in this area of conflicts.

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Sandra P. Thompson

Sandra P. Thompson, J.D., Ph.D., is a Shareholder in the Orange County office of Buchalter Nemer. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, specifically, patents and...

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