In In re Silver
, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas refused to recognize an attorney-client privilege for communications between inventors and patent agents. The case involved an inventor who owned patents on a tablet-like device that allows restaurant patrons to order meals and play games from their tables. Importantly, In re Silver
was not a suit for patent infringement but rather a breach of contract suit (over a patent purchase agreement) brought under Texas state law. Id
. at 3.