The “Rat Rule” And USPTO Discipline – Reporting Ethical Violations To OED (Part 1)

by Michael E. Mccabe Jr.
Ratting Out “Never rat out your friends. And always keep your mouth shut.” – Robert De Niro, GoodFellas I am of Sicilian ancestry, raised in an Italian household in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn. Despite this upbringing, it was not until I was an adult when I first learned about the “Code of Silence” known as “omertà.” I learned that “the Code” traced its roots to the 16th century.Read the full article