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District Court: Notification of IPRs Necessary to Comply with Duty of Candor and Good Faith

On May 2, 2014, Judge Davis of the Eastern District of Virginia determined that counsel in a pending patent litigation “failed to comply with their general duty of candor and good faith to this Court” by not disclosing the fact that the defendant had filed petitions for inter partes review on the patents-in-suit while a … Continue reading this entry

Counsel Disqualified for Failing to Terminate Client Relationship

Recently, a district court granted a motion by defendant in a patent litigation to disqualify plaintiff’s counsel because that counsel had previously done opinion-related work for the defendant and did not terminate the attorney-client relationship. The case provides a telling example of the importance of formalizing the official end of such a relationship. Plaintiff’s counsel … Continue reading this entry