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Intellectual Property Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section Calendar of Meetings and Events

Annual Spring Ethics CLE Seminar

March 23, 2016

Handling Ethics and Privilege Issues in Patent Law:  A Webinar for Intellectual Property Lawyers in Virginia

Webinar took place:  March 23, 2016

A recording of the program is available here:

The speaker was Thomas Spahn, partner at McGuireWoods LLP.

This program focused on ethics and privilege issues confronting patent and other intellectual property lawyers.  Among other things, this program addressed:  

  • properly identifying a client in a corporate setting, in joint representations and with joint ventures
  • conflicts of interest issues (such as the distinction between impermissible legal adversity and acceptable business adversity)
  • privilege issues (including the primary purpose test and the waiver risk of dealing with third parties)
  • transactional issues (including unauthorized practice of law/multijurisdictional practice standards; privilege and work product waiver risks during due diligence, and the common interest doctrine)
  • litigation issues (including choice of law principles, fact and opinion work product protection, and express and implied waiver risks)