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danizamu
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Ethics of a Patent Agent in a Law Firm
« on: Apr 4th, 2007, 10:05pm »
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Can a patent agent sign a fee agreement written on law firm letterhead without violating professional rules of responsibility?
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Re: Ethics of a Patent Agent in a Law Firm
« Reply #1 on: Apr 5th, 2007, 7:56pm »
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It would probably depend upon what the fee agreement covers.  Is the agent a partner?  Would signing the agreement bind the firm?  Could be problematical.
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Re: Ethics of a Patent Agent in a Law Firm
« Reply #2 on: Apr 5th, 2007, 10:27pm »
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If the agent is a partner in a law firm, he or she is already in ethical trouble.
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Re: Ethics of a Patent Agent in a Law Firm
« Reply #3 on: Apr 5th, 2007, 10:34pm »
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No fee sharing with non-lawyers.   However, there are exceptions, none of which are present in these facts.
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Re: Ethics of a Patent Agent in a Law Firm
« Reply #4 on: Apr 6th, 2007, 6:26am »
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on Apr 5th, 2007, 10:27pm, Wiscagent wrote:
If the agent is a partner in a law firm, he or she is already in ethical trouble.

 
In some and probably most jurisdictions.  However, I believe (but am not 100% sure) that in DC patent attorneys and agents can partner up to do patent prosecution.
 
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