Mass. Atty's Lien Law Applies To Patent Work: Court

Law360, New York (July 29, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT) -- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a state attorney's lien statute also applies to patent prosecution work, in a case rooted in a Ropes & Gray LLP fight to be fully paid for patent-related legal services.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, the Massachusetts high court ruled that a patent attorney who successfully secures a patent for a client from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is entitled to the same protection under the state's attorney's lien law as a lawyer who obtains a favorable...
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