Oed Ethics

  • Mandatory Ethics Training For Patent Agents Is Long Overdue

    … What formal ethics training is required of a U.S. patent agent? None. What minimal level of competency in ethics must a patent agent demonstrate in order to qualify for a license to practice patent law before the USPTO? Again, the answer is “None.” For attorneys, ethics training is of considerable importance. It starts in law school. Accredited…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 13 readers -
  • 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…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 10 readers -
  • New USPTO Discipline Search Engine Added To IPethics & INsights

    … of the USPTO’s web site, in the so-called OED “FOIA Reading Room.” This collection of USPTO disciplinary decisions is not published by LEXIS, Westlaw, or any other computerized legal research service. The decisions themselves are “raw” PDF files. They are not cataloged or summarized in any searchable way. They lack annotation, synopsis, or summary. So…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 23 readers -
  • USPTO Suspends Former GWU Ethics Professor For Two Years

    … Circuit’s suspension, the Director of the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline filed with the USPTO Director a complaint for reciprocal discipline and an order to show cause as to why Allenbaugh should not receive the same two-year suspension that was imposed by the Court of Appeals. As has been discussed in prior blog posts, the USPTO…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 62 readers -
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