Professor David Hricik is a leading Intellectual Property Ethicist. He recently posted some questions about your thoughts on patent prosecution conflicts. Do these situations create conflicts of interest:
First example: In prosecuting application for Client A, lawyer receives an office action rejecting claims over a prior art reference that is owned by Client B. Is there a conflict? [your comments].
Second Example: Is it per se unethical for a lawyer to provide a non-infringement or invalidity opinion about another client’s patent? [your comments].
Professor Hricik is also a speaking at our upcoming conference on blog law.
Hat tip to Steve Nipper.