Office Of Enrollment And Discipline

  • Are Your Firm’s Foreign Associate Practices Ethical?

    … and trademark practitioners who provide IP services to clients working through non-practitioner intermediaries, including as foreign associates and client liaisons. The OG “guidance”—which has never been abandoned or reversed—addressed certain aspects of the practitioner-intermediary relationship. In June 2017, the USPTO published a disciplinary…

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

    …-colleague was on to something– more than 95% of my clients over the years have been men. Why is that? I thought about possible explanations for the gender imbalance in my practice. One way to look at this is that there are more male registered patent agents and attorneys than there are female. On the other hand, I represent quite a few trademark…

    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

    … of PDF files in a table that can be organized in chronological or reverse-chronological order. Unfortunately, the Reading Room tells the reader absolutely nothing about what, exactly, was happening in the world of discipline at the USPTO. Indeed, the Reading Room fails to provide any summary of what each of the USPTO’s disciplinary decisions…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 41 readers -
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