Genentech Wants Firm Kicked Off Sanofi Patent Case

Law360, New York (October 2, 2009, 6:34 PM EDT) -- Genentech Inc. has asked a federal court to disqualify law firm McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP from representing Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH in a patent dispute, claiming that one of the firm's founders previously represented Genentech in an interference proceeding before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Genentech filed its motion to disqualify counsel in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, claiming to have recently discovered that Dr. John McDonnell represented Genentech in a "substantially related proceeding" before the USPTO....
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