Leave Patent Licensing To The Professionals

Another chapter in the ongoing Eon-Net saga closed last month with the CAFC, in a rare move, upholding the sanctions issued against Eon-Net and its lawyer Jean-Marc Zimmerman.  Previously, the CAFC vacated the original award of sanctions, advising the trial court that it was too quick on the draw.  However, during the oral argument, Mr. Zimmerman agreed with the characterization that Eon-Net, owned by Mitchell Medina, was “in business to litigate.”  That being the case, one might expect the company to be more respectful of the litigation process, including the requirement to come prepared.  Instead, the court provides entertaining war-stories about lawyers outsmarting themselves, revealing too much of their client’s good graces, and blindly following the client over a cliff.