IP Master Class: Ethical Issues in Patent Practice

Practices: Intellectual Property

As in all areas of legal practice, patent practitioners must understand what the rules of ethics require of them in order to comply with those rules.  Jane Massaro and Eric Hubbard, both partners in Ropes & Gray's Fish & Neave IP Group, will discuss recent cases highlighting three ethical standards that impact both patent prosecutors and patent litigators:  1) the disclosure obligations of practitioners before the PTO; 2) the duty of confidentiality owed to each prosecution client on a joint invention; and 3) the propriety of consulting arrangements with prior art fact witnesses.

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