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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 ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 10 readers -
  • “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.

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 18 readers -
  • 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 ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 19 readers -
  • 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 ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 23 readers -
  • Failure To Communicate No. 1 Cause Of USPTO Attorney Discipline

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, since it is the New Year I thought it would be helpful to remind you all, again, of what is in my opinion the First Commandment of Ethics: Thou Shalt Communicate With Thy Clients. Seriously. Clients do not like to be ignored by their attorneys. This means that when they call or write about the status of their matter, they expect a response—and fast.

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 31 readers -
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