In patent and trademark work, lawyers sometimes fail to apply the conflict of interest rules that other lawyers take for granted. When the lawyers for a major supplier of plastic products failed to serve their client properly because another client’s interests intervened, we were called in to hold the lawyers to account. We were able to strip away the rationalizations allegedly based upon the nuances of intellectual property law. Fundamental conflict of interest rules prevailed. The defendants’ pretrial efforts to exonerate themselves were unsuccessful. They settled rather than face a trial.

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