Competence

  • Are Your Firm’s Foreign Associate Practices Ethical?

    … to have instructions conveyed through the liaison or agent. See 37 CFR 10.68(a) and (b). An agreement between the client and the liaison or agent establishes an agency relationship between the liaison or agent and the client such that the U.S. practitioner can rely upon the liaison or agent as the representative of the client for the purpose…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 12 readers -
  • To Encrypt, Or Not To Encrypt, That Is The Question

    … including home computers, tablets, laptops and smartphones. Formal Opinion 477 builds off of two earlier ethics rules developments. In 2012, the ABA modified the comments to Model Rule 1.1—the duty of competence—to state that lawyers must “keep[] abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 17 readers -
  • The Ethics Of IP Docketing Software

    …, missing a deadline can mean lost customers, business reputation risks, malpractice claims, and professional discipline by the USPTO. Moreover, the duty of technical competence, which has been adopted by almost half the states, requires lawyers to obtain proficiency with developments in technology. Running an IP firm without suitable docketing software is a bit like playing Russian roulette with your law license. It is just plain dumb. …

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