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  • To Encrypt, Or Not To Encrypt, That Is The Question

    The ABA has dived head first into the pool of law firm cybersecurity. On May 11, 2017, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 477 (here), which addresses a broad range of issues that lawyers must consider to protect client confidential information from “nefarious actors throughout the internet.

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  • Is Mommy More Ethical Than Daddy?

    A former female colleague asked me once why nearly all of my clients are men. Frankly, I had never given the matter any thought. It took me awhile even to accept my colleague’s conclusion that nearly all of my clients were, in fact, of the male variety. So I pulled out my list of clients I’d represented over the years, and realized that my ex-colleague was on to something– mor ...

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  • You Just Received An OED Bar Grievance. Now What?

    The only time a patent attorney or agent ever wants to hear from the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline is when they are admitted to the Patent Bar and issued a registration number. Other than that, no news is good news. So if an envelope arrives from the OED (certified mail, return receipt requested), don’t expect the Office to be writing to complement you on your we ...

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  • Untying The IP Ethics Knot

    Do you worry about ethics in your IP practice? If not, you should. There is way too much going on out there, and not knowing what is happening can leave you exposed to ethics and malpractice risk. If you can spare 90 minutes, tune in tomorrow from 1:00-2:30 pm EST for the ABA-IPL Landslide Webinar Series, entitled “Identifying and Resolving Ethical Conflicts of Interest in Patent Prosecution.

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  • The Ethics Of IP Docketing Software

    Alt Legal IP Docketing Blog has a nice post on The Ethics of IP Docketing Software (found here). While I am not advocating for Alt Legal’s docketing software products–there are many customized and off-the-shelf software product vendors who pitch such solutions to IP lawyers–the point of the post is well taken. As the author correctly points out, missing a deadline can mea ...

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  • “The Trademark Company” Pivots To A Copyright Company

    “The Trademark Company,” whose owner Matthew Swyers agreed last month to give up his license to practice before the USPTO, ending a three-year ethics battle, appears to be alive. While still operating under the old name, logo and URL, The Trademark Company has shifted gears away from offering trademark-related services and is now offering only copyright-related services.

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  • USPTO Suspends Second Ex-Niro IP Attorney For 18 Months

    It’s deja vu all over again: a second ex-Niro IP attorney has received an 18-month suspension from practice before the USPTO. Attorney Paul C. Gibbons, one of four attorneys from the now defunct Niro, Haller & Niro who were sanctioned for vexatious litigation arising from the firm’s representation of NPE Intellect Wireless, settled a disciplinary complaint with the USPTO Di ...

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  • New USPTO Discipline Search Engine Added To IPethics & INsights

    I am pleased to announce the addition of a new family member to this Blog: A USPTO disciplinary decision search engine and reader-friendly digest of USPTO disciplinary decisions. This feature can be found by clicking here or on the “PTO Discipline” tab beneath the IPethics & INsights banner. Why A Search Engine Why go through this effort? It all stems from my frustratio ...

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