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Friday, April 27, 2012

Law - "Are patent agents entitled to the protection of the attorney-client privilege?

This is interesting, a post this morning from CircuitSplits begins:

Today’s post features a split over the applicability of the attorney-client privilege to patent agents. While patent agents do not have to slog through three years of law school to obtain their license, they share many of the same professional responsibilities as patent attorneys. For example, patent agents, like their counterparts in the legal profession, are permitted to represent clients before the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.

As a federal magistrate in California recently pointed out, the similarity between patent agents and patent attorneys has lead a number of courts to extend the attorney-client privilege to communications with patent agents. See Buyer's Direct, Inc. v. Belk, Inc., SACV 12-00370-DOC (MLGx) (C.D. Cal. Apr. 24, 2012).

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 27, 2012 09:15 AM
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