Britannica Sues Dickstein Shapiro For Lost Map Patents

Law360, New York (March 19, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT) -- Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. has placed the blame for the loss of two patents related to computerized map-viewing systems squarely on its counsel Dickstein Shapiro LLP, claiming that the firm's actions were "quintessential examples of hornbook malpractice."

The reference book publisher filed suit Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that Dickstein Shapiro's professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty caused it to lose the two patents to invalidity claims.

The patents, U.S. Patent Numbers 7,051,018 and 7,082,437, were issued in 2006...
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