In a recent AIPLA webinar, Steve Shumaker and Allison Martin Rhodes presented on the topic of conflicts in patent law.  In the webinar, entitled “Conflicts in Patent Law: Novel Problems with Non-obvious Solutions,” Shumaker and Martin Rhodes discussed the need for attorneys and law firms to pay careful attention to conflicts of interest, which can undermine effective representation of clients, erode client confidence, and lead to a variety of undesirable consequences for lawyers, including discipline, disqualification, legal malpractice claims, and lost business opportunities.  The webinar focused on processes for identifying and avoiding conflicts of interest in a patent law setting, emphasizing patent lawyer awareness and resolution of potential conflicts of interests with an overview of ethics requirements, discussion of recent case law, and analysis of a variety of patent law representation scenarios.