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Past Event
28 March 2017
Conference

Energy Industry Intellectual Property Law Conference

Intellectual Property partner Sharon Israel is a speaker on the panel titled "The State of Patent Agent Privilege and Its Impact on Multinationals".

In 2016 in In re Queen’s Univ. at Kingston, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recognized a patent-agent privilege extending to non-attorney patent agents relating to their authorized practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office. However, in a Texas state court decision, a court of appeals stated that the Queen’s University decision was not binding and refused to recognize a discovery privilege for patent agent communications in a breach of contract case. See In re Andrew Silver (Tex. App. -- Dallas Ct. App. 05-160074-CV, Aug. 17, 2016). This panel will explore the current state of privilege as applied to patent agent communications and its implications, in particular, on multinational corporations.

For more information, please view the event website.

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