Texas Patent Agent Privilege Ruling Met With Sigh Of Relief

By Ryan Davis (February 27, 2018, 9:12 PM EST) -- The Texas Supreme Court's decision that communications with nonlawyer patent agents are protected by attorney-client privilege will ease concerns that working with patent agents could put confidential information at risk and is likely to be followed by other state courts, attorneys say.

The Friday ruling marked the first time a state high court had weighed in on the issue, but its holding was in line with standards set at the Federal Circuit and Patent Trial and Appeal Board holding that communications with patent agents are protected, indicating an emerging consensus.

The Texas Supreme Court's decision overturned a lower court's holding that...

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