Law Firm's Patent Lien Suit Goes To Mass. High Court

Law360, New York (October 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a bankruptcy case with implications for the future of intellectual property law and the client-attorney relationship in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, an appeals court has ruled that the question of whether a Massachusetts attorney's lien statute applies to patent prosecution should be answered by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The decision, handed down Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, ruled that the applicability of a Massachusetts attorneys' lien statute to patent prosecution work performed by lawyers should be certified to...
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