Sunjeev Sikand Co-Authors Comments on Domestic and International Issues Related to Privileged Communications Between Patent Practitioners and Their Clients

RatnerPrestia patent attorney Sunjeev Sikand has co-authored a letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on behalf of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) in response to a request for public comments on “Domestic and International Issues Related to Privileged Communications Between Patent Practitioners and Their Clients.” In the letter dated February 25, 2015, IPO stated that clarifying the laws of privilege in communications with licensed patent practitioners will promote complete and open communication between clients and licensed patent practitioners, which is critical for the effective operation of the legal system. IPO believes that the protections and obligations of the attorney-client privilege should extend to patent practitioners admitted or licensed to practice before their local or regional patent and trademark offices.

The IPO is a trade association composed of in-house corporate counsel for Fortune 500 companies and intellectual property attorneys. Mr. Sikand currently serves as Co-Vice Chair for IPO’s U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee.

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