Ethical Issues Related to Federal Court Discovery

Ethical Issues Related to Federal Court Discovery Many lawyers take a no-holds-barred view to discovery disputes. They are time-wasters, a hassle, and otherwise simply a pain. Opposing counsel always wants to destroy one's case, argue for documents and depositions that you know are irrelevant (or worse, likely to lead to a harder case for you [...]

By |2023-10-30T11:23:36-07:00October 30th, 2023|Ethics|0 Comments

Ethics: New California Mandatory Reporting Rule and Some Rule Review

New Mandatory Bar Ethics Reporting Rules The California Bar has adopted a new Rule of Professional Conduct 8.3 which requires that bar members report ethical breaches of other lawyers about which they are aware. This rule brings California into line with most other jurisdictions which require such reporting. The rule goes into effect on August [...]

By |2023-07-21T14:34:31-07:00July 21st, 2023|Ethics|0 Comments

NFT Fraud Detection with Doppel

Please join us on Monday, October 3 at 12:00 pm, where Doppel, the market leader for NFT brand protection, will provide a live demo hosted by Kevin Tian, Co-founder and CEO.  Doppel works with the largest consumer and web3 brands (Dapper Labs, Azra Games, Moonbirds, etc.), and their real-time, AI-powered monitoring platform automates detection and [...]

By |2022-09-30T15:23:54-07:00September 30th, 2022|Ethics|0 Comments

Tips on Avoiding Ethical Riptides in Your IP Practice

On Monday, September 19, we will watch a video replay of a program presented by the Intellectual Property Section of the California Lawyers Association at the Section’s Annual IP Institute in 2021. The program has been approved for one hour of self-study Legal Ethics credit. Drawing from their extensive experience and expertise in advising law [...]

By |2022-09-15T13:20:39-07:00September 15th, 2022|Ethics|0 Comments

Ethical Duties in the IP Attorney-Client Relationship (ethics credit)

Ethical Duties in the IP Attorney-Client Relationship A raft of ethical issues arise from the process of interacting with prospective clients, engaging new clients, working with clients, and disengaging. In our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 29, 2021 we'll discuss the interplay between the California Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys (the [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 8, 2016 :: A Review of Recent Trademark Decisions in the Central District and TTAB.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016, we will discuss the following: Pom Wonderful LLC and The Wonderful Company v. Robert Hubbard et al. (C.D. Cal June 29, 2016) (available here). Pom Wonderful has been selling pomegranate-flavored juices under the trademarks “POM” and "POM WONDERFUL" since 2002.  The defendant, a competing [...]

By |2016-08-05T15:13:02-07:00August 5th, 2016|Ethics, Patent, Fraud|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: August 1, 2016 :: Ethics Credit :: Crime Doesn’t Pay for a Fraudulent IP Attorney

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 1, 2016, we will discuss the following: United States v. Throne, No. 16-cr-00073 (D. Colo. April 5, 2016) (available here). Here, Mr. Throne was hired to be Hunter Douglas' in-house IP counsel in 1993.  He continued in that capacity, with a promotion to IP General [...]

By |2016-07-27T11:41:54-07:00July 27th, 2016|Ethics, Patent, Fraud|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: May 16, 2016 :: News Ethics Decision Regarding Conflict Waivers & Microsoft Patents are Found not Abstract under Alice

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 16, 2016, we will discuss the following cases: Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Mfg Co. (Cal. App. Feb. 26, 2016) (available here). In this unanimous published decision, the Court of Appeal reversed a $1.7 million dollar judgment holding that broad, non specific conflict waivers are invalid.   In Enfish LLC v. [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: November 9, 2015 :: The Ethical Implications of Controversial Clients

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 9, 2015 will be a video presentation and further discussion regarding the ethical implications of representing controversial clients such as those involved in the medical marijuana or adult entertainment industries.  Materials will be provided during the presentation. All are invited to join us in our discussion [...]

By |2015-11-02T17:04:45-08:00November 2nd, 2015|Ethics|0 Comments
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