Fed. Circ. Affirms Jurisdiction Over Patent Malpractice

Law360, New York (March 22, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit declined Thursday to revisit whether federal jurisdiction applies in attorney malpractice cases centered on patent law, denying an inventor's petition for an en banc rehearing of an appeal in his suit against intellectual property firm Wood Herron & Evans LLP.

Letting state courts hear attorney misconduct cases involving patent law would be “almost certain” to result in differing standards to emerge between different states for lawyer conduct in federal patent litigation and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to a three-judge...
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