US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit published a unique order this morning, issuing a public reprimand to one of its best-known practitioners, patent lawyer Edward Reines of Weil Gotshal.
The order [PDF] reveals that the full 11-judge court instituted an attorney discipline proceeding against Reines in June, shortly after it became aware of an email exchange that led to the resignation of then-Chief Judge Randall Rader. The order makes public many more details of the story behind the email that led to Rader’s resignation, as well as the email itself.
The court publicly reprimands Reines for forwarding the complementary email to more than 30 current or prospective clients. Within a few days, Reines showed the email to in-house counsel at many of his big-ticket tech clients, including Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, HP, Netapp, Newegg, Samsung, and Yahoo.
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