An overlooked conflict-of-interest issue has delayed the much-publicized move of patent litigator James Pooley to Morrison & Foerster.

Pooley, whose departure from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in January forced the firm to pull the plug on its Silicon Valley office, was scheduled to start at MoFo on Feb. 1. But in a Jan. 31 e-mail Pooley informed clients that he is forming a new law firm, Pooley & Oliver, effective Feb. 1.

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