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Sophie
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Freelance search work while employed Attorney
« on: Feb 9th, 2007, 9:11pm »
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Hello,
 
I am a patent attorney working at a small firm.  In order to supplement my income I do some freelance search work for a search firm.  I am never told who the actual search customers are.  Do I need to tell my employer that I am doing this search work on the side?
 
Thank you!
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Re: Freelance search work while employed Attorney
« Reply #1 on: Feb 11th, 2007, 10:34am »
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I think it is a judgement call.  
 
As long as you draw a thick line between your regular work (in your office) and freelance work (at home and/or during weekend), I don't see why you need to tell.
 
In addition, you have no way of realizing whether you have a conflict of interest given the nature of your freelance work (prior art searching).
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Re: Freelance search work while employed Attorney
« Reply #2 on: Feb 12th, 2007, 9:49am »
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There is the never assume thing. Are you sure your contract with your employer allows you to do this? In particular, there are no areas where your firm's malpractice (assuming you have one, there we go again with the assumptions) would be exposed?
 
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Re: Freelance search work while employed Attorney
« Reply #3 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 10:14pm »
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This is an ethics question. Applying the rule of thumb, "if some one is asking then they probably know the answer", weigh the risk professionally. Is your reputation worth the $$ traded?
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Re: Freelance search work while employed Attorney
« Reply #4 on: Feb 14th, 2007, 2:56am »
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Never heard the rule of thumb that clearly explained!  
 
Nice one.
 
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