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Mouse Gene Patent Case Flubs Earn Florida Attorneys Reprimand

Oct. 21, 2021, 4:30 PM

Attorneys representing the University of South Florida in a patent suit over genetically modified mice were sanctioned after making what a Federal Claims court judge had called “egregious misstatements” in a court filing.

Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ordered USF’s counsel pay the U.S. government’s attorneys’ fees for time spent responding to a motion it filed in April. USF’s attorneys sought to limit testimony from the government’s damages expert.

Campbell-Smith’s opinion Wednesday was filed under seal, but the judge previously called USF’s objection to the expert’s credentials “frivolous” and said certain statements made about ...

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