Office Of Enrollment And Discipline

  • Are Your Firm’s Foreign Associate Practices Ethical?

    … decision in In re Mikhailova, Proc. No. D2017-18 (USPTO Dir. June 6, 2017). That decision included some very broad statements of OED/USPTO ethics policy–specifically regarding exactly what ethics rules are implicated by the client-intermediary-practitioner relationship and how the Office expects practitioners to comply with those rules when they provide…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 12 readers -
  • This Post Could Save Your Patent Law License

    … before the USPTO. How does the OED meet its goal of maintaining an up to date and accurate roster of active registered patent practitioners? Two ways. First, all registered patent practitioners must (let me repeat this–must) provide the OED with correct and current contact information. See 37 C.F.R. Section 11.11(a). It is not sufficient…

    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

    … 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- 44 readers -
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