Hidden traps: Subject matter conflicts of interest in patent prosecution — Client disclosures

Examining optimal client disclosure in the two potential courses of action for your in-house legal team

This article series is focusing on subject matter conflict of interest issues that 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 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. The last article discussed methods of implementing an effective way of identifying subject matter conflicts with prospective clients, before engaging with that prospective client.

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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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