• Intellectual Ventures Prevails In Capital One Antitrust Suit

    On Friday, a Maryland federal judge granted summary judgment in favor of Intellectual Ventures on Capital One’s claims that IV’s acquisition and enforcement of patents relating to banking services violated U.S. antitrust law. In a 53-page memorandum Opinion, Judge Paul G. Grimm found that IV’s conduct in obtaining and enforcing its patents was immune from antitrust liability ba ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 21 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 -
  • So These Two Lawyers Walk Into A Bar . . . .

    What sounds like the start of a joke is no laughing matter–at least not for two White House attorneys. As widely reported last week, Don McGahn and Ty Cobb, President Trump’s lawyers, were overheard at a popular D.C. restaurant discussing/arguing about a highly confidential matter concerning their client: namely how cooperative The White House should be with Robert Mueller’s i ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 19 readers -
  • Owner Of Phony Patent Law Firm Wants Colorado UPL Case Dismissed

    The owner of a fake IP law firm that is being sued in Colorado for allegedly engaging in the unauthorized practice of law has filed a motion to have the case dismissed for alleged lack of subject matter and personal jurisdiction. Dak Steiert, the owner of “Intelligent Patent Services,” which purports to be a “patent law firm,” is the subject of a Petition for Injunction filed ...

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

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 18 readers -
  • Law, Drugs, Addiction, Death.

    The addiction crisis and its impact on the legal profession is the subject of two recently published articles. The first is The Lawyer, The Addict, published on July 16 in The New York Times (sub. req.). It is a powerful story written by the ex-wife of a Silicon Valley-based IP partner. She recounts her former husband’s painful descent from 20 years of the 60-hour-a-week Big ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 17 readers -
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