To understand what conflicts to avoid, this Article looks at recent decisions in patent litigation cases where conflict of interest issues have been decided. The discussion is divided up as follows. In Part I, choice of law regarding conflicts issues is discussed. In Part II, the common issues surrounding attorney and/or firm disqualifications for conflicts of interest are explored. Part III looks at conflicts of interest involving current clients. Part IV examines conflicts of interest concerning former clients. In Part V, a different type of conflict of interest—the lawyer as a witness situation—is discussed. Part VI moves to conflicts of interests involving non-lawyers—specifically judges, experts, and courtroom interpreters. Finally, in Part VII, the possible remedies a court may award for such conflicts are reviewed.
Christopher A. Cotropia, Ethics: Conflicts of Interest Issues in Patent Litigation, in IP Enforcement and Litigation 2012: Civil and Criminal Update, at 519 (PLI Intell. Prop., Course Handbook Series No. G-1086, 2012).