Having seen the fortunes earned by small patent-holding companies, some lawyers are playing the patent litigation game as principals, not just advisers. At least 10 law firm lawyers have filed suits to protect their own "inventions" in recent years. Firms seem to have been caught flat-footed by the trend: They have systems to avoid conflicts of interest when it comes to client matters, but they haven't routinely required IP attorneys to disclose patents they own or litigation they're pursuing as individuals.
Some IP Attorneys Look to Make Their Mark as Patent-Holders
IP Law & Business
September 5, 2008