Office Of Enrollment And Discipline

  • This Post Could Save Your Patent Law License

    … anyway can be severe–those individuals “will be subject to discipline” by the OED. Such knowing misconduct potentially exposes the administratively suspended practitioner to an ethics charge for knowingly engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. See 37 C.F.R. Section 11.505. For those registered patent practitioners who were unaware…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 12 readers -
  • PTO Suspends PTAB Atty Who Filed Multiple TM Apps For Cannabis Client

    … a number of trademark applications, using Ms. Laux as his attorney, for various CBD products, including vaporizers and “natural essential oils.” An article published in The Press Democrat reported that in June 2016, Mr. Hunter was arrest in a raid of a facility that produced cannabis oil-infused products. Mr. Hunter previously served a six-year federal…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 12 readers -
  • Is Mommy More Ethical Than Daddy?

    … my own personal practice numbers. One of my APRL colleagues in fact said that he had never had a single female client in 40 years of practicing in the field of ethics. That data point certainly gave me pause. But, unfortunately, it still did not answer my “why” question. I kept looking. I reviewed the last ten (10) years worth of published…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 14 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 -
  • 2016 USPTO Disciplinary Decisions – The Year In Review

    … To all of you who have been dying to know what happened in the world of ethics and discipline at the USPTO in the past year, I am pleased to say your wait is finally over. I have written, “2016 USPTO Disciplinary Decisions — The Year in Review.” Why was The 2016 Year in Review necessary? I for one have found it quite time-consuming to get…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 39 readers -
  • Ethical Fee-Splitting for IP Practitioners & New ABA Guidance

    … or the legal department of a corporation or other organization.” See 37 C.F.R. Section 11.1. Unethical IP Fee-Splitting A USPTO practitioner who splits fees with a practitioner from another firm without complying with the requirements of Section 11.105(e) of the Office’s ethics rules is subject to professional discipline. An example of unethical fee…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 29 readers -
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