In Memoriam: Paul A. Vapnek

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.IP Ethics1 Comment

The Intellectual Property Ethics Bar lost a luminary this weekend with the passing, on February 28, 2015, of Paul A. Vapnek.  Mr. Vapnek was 86. “Preeminent.” “A mentor.” “‘Dean’ of legal ethics in California,” were just some of the words used to describe Mr. Vapnek in an article published in the March 2013, edition of the California Bar Journal. “Paul was … Read More

IP Law Firm Pushes Back Against Lawsuit Alleging It Fraudulently Procured Confidential Inventions

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Confidentiality, District Court Litigation, Duty to Non-Client0 Comments

Intellectual property law firm Kilpatrick Townsend is fighting back against accusations in a recent complaint accusing the firm and its client, Omnicell, Inc., of conspiring to fraudulently obtain confidential information about a third-party’s inventions and then using that information to acquire patents for Omnicell naming only an Omnicell employee as the inventor. MV Circuit Design, Inc. v. Omnicell, Inc., et al., No. 1:14-cv-02028-DAP (Sept. 12, 2014 N.D. Ohio). Misappropriation of Confidential IP  … Read More