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Jack Hoffa
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« on: Feb 17th, 2007, 12:22pm »
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If I emailed my invention to ten different attorneys for their thoughts on its patentability, can I be assured of complete confidentiality from them all?  
 
Maybe a better question is whether the attorneys still have a legal responsibility to not disclose my idea?
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 17th, 2007, 3:09pm »
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The answer to your question is yes.  Attorneys are bound by their ethical obligations to not disclose secrets.  Did the attorneys know the information was coming?  If not, you may have done them a disservice if you created a conflict of interest between yourself and your confidential information and any of their existing clients.  A conflicts check is something an attorney does before agreeing to accept an engagement.
Did you have an engagement agreement with them?  Was there any agreement about them receiving payment for their services?  Why would you need ten different opinions?  It sounds like a vote and the majority rules.  Did you expect these ten attorneys would all provide you with an opinion for free?
This just sounds a bit bizarre.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 1st, 2007, 7:53pm »
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Bill is that youHuh
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 1st, 2007, 8:06pm »
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