IP Chat Channel
Intellectual Property Owners Association’s weekly one-hour webinar series on current
topics in IP is produced in cooperation with host Pamela Sherrid, former editor of
IP Law & Business magazine. Listen to presentations by experts who will answer
your questions immediately!
2016 Scheduled Webinars
Conflicts of Interest in Patent Prosecution after Maling v. Finnegan
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET
Eligible for Ethics CLE
The recent decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Court in Maling v. Finnegan – a case of first impression — rejected the plaintiff’s argument that representing two clients in related technology areas is a per se violation of ethical rules. But the court stressed that representing competing companies with similar inventions could give rise to ethical violations in other factual scenarios. The opinion cautioned firms to carefully police their cases to avoid conflicts, “no matter how complex such a protocol might be … law firms run significant risks, financial and reputational, if they do not avail themselves of a robust conflict system adequate to the nature of their practice.”
Our panel includes the general counsel of a large diversified law firm that does patent prosecution; a law firm attorney who represents patent practitioners involved in claims of professional misconduct, attorney discipline, and ethics matters; and an in-house counsel with responsibility for IP for major business segment of a multinational. They will discuss best practices for law firms and clients in light of Maling, and consider hypotheticals where the answer about conflicts is tough to call.
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IPO’s IP CHAT CHANNEL HOST
Pamela Sherrid Former editor of IP Law & Business magazine and a reporter and writer at Fortune, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.
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