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Debra Squires-Lee quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article, “Decision could create challenges for patent bar”

September 15, 2015

Debra Squires-Lee, partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, co-chair of the Business Litigation and Professional Liability Practice groups, and co-chair of the firm’s Mentoring Committee, was quoted in the August 31st issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The article, “Decision could create challenges for patent bar”, discusses the recent ruling in Maling, et al. v. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, et. al.. Squires-Lee shares what the decision could mean for intellectual property lawyers and firms.

From the article:

But Debra Squires-Lee, a professional liability litigator with Sherin & Lodgen in Boston, said that, should the SJC reverse the lower court judgment and find an actionable conflict of interest in circumstances like this, it would be a “big deal” for IP lawyers and firms.

 “Most intellectual property firms specialize in a particular field [and] develop real expertise in that field,” said Squires-Lee, who was not involved in the case. “Patents by definition expand upon and improve upon prior art. Thus, all patents in the same field are in many ways ‘similar.’ So, if a firm were conflicted out of working for competitors in the same field it would effectively mean firms would only be able to have a single client in any field.”

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