Friday, January 05, 2007

Overzealous patent attorneys, reprised?

A press release from ICU: SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ICU Medical, Inc., (NASDAQ: ICUI) , a leading low cost manufacturer of safe medical connectors, custom medical products and critical care devices, today announced that it had reached an agreement to settle an action against Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht, LLP under which the Company alleged that during the course of its representation of the Company and continuing thereafter, Fulwider engaged in various matters for the Company's direct competitors, and committed other acts of negligence and breaches of the attorney-client relationship. Fulwider did not admit any liability or wrongdoing. The Company will be paid $8 million in settlement of its claims against Fulwider.

Recall the earlier post on IPBiz, which included a reference to Dolak's article [Risky Business: The Perils of Representing Competitors, 30 Am. Intell. Prop. L. Ass'n Q.J. 413 (2002)], which mentioned Pennie & Edmonds in the context of COX-2, the University of Rochester, and Searle.

Recall also cases involving Townsend and Townsend and Nexsen Pruet Adams Kleemeier.


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