This Post Could Save Your Patent Law License

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Patent Ethics, USPTO Administrative Suspension0 Comments

Some patent attorneys and agents are under the impression that once they have passed the Patent Bar exam and have earned a PTO registration number, they are essentially registered for life, with no further action required on their part.  If you are one of those people, then you should read on. One of the jobs of the USPTO’s Office of … Read More

You Just Received An OED Bar Grievance. Now What?

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Patent Ethics0 Comments

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 to … Read More

USPTO Disbars Siemens’ Outside Patent Atty For $2.5M Billing Fraud

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Consent Resignation, Criminal Conviction, OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Patent Ethics0 Comments

Each year, a number of patent and trademark practitioners agree to exclusion from the USPTO rather than face an OED ethics investigation or USPTO disciplinary action.  While not always the case, such consent exclusions usually involve very serious–and often criminal–practitioner misconduct. One such matter is the case of former patent attorney David N. Caracappa.  See In re David N. Caracappa, Proc. … Read More

PTAB Awards Attorneys’ Fees As Sanction For Protective Order Violation

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Patent Ethics, PTAB Sanctions0 Comments

On July 1, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in RPX Corp. v. Applications in Internet Time LLC, IPR2015-01750, 01751 & 01752, ordered patent owner Applications in Internet Time (AIT) to pay petitioner RPX Corp. $13,500 in attorney’s fees as a sanction for violating the Board’s protective order.  The Board found sanctions were warranted because AIT  disclosed the confidential … Read More

TM Lawyer’s Attack on Constitutionality of OED Investigation Dismissed–For Now

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.IP Ethics, OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, USPTO Ethics Investigation, USPTO OED2 Comments

A federal district judge has dismissed a trademark lawyer’s complaint alleging that the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline’s (“OED’s) investigation of him violated his rights under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.  The Court held that dismissal of his federal complaint was appropriate because the matters raised in the complaint are currently being adjudicated by the … Read More

Caveat IP Lawyer – Beware The Office of Enrollment and Discipline Violating The USPTO’s Reciprocal Discipline Rules

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, PTO Ethics Decisions, Reciprocal Discipline0 Comments

At first glance, the USPTO’s most recently published disciplinary decision seems relatively bland and altogether innocuous. The case of In re Juliet M. Oberding, Proceeding No. D2016-06 (USPTO Dir. Feb. 12, 2016) involves a California-based trademark attorney who told a client on several occasions, over the course of roughly 18 months, that the client’s trademark application was being processed by … Read More

IP Attorney Challenging Constitutionality Of USPTO OED’s “Abusive” Ethics Investigation

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, USPTO Ethics Investigation, USPTO OED1 Comment

An IP attorney has filed a lawsuit against the United States Patent and Trademark Office seeking to prohibit the Agency’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) from continuing to investigate him for alleged ethics violations because the process employed in conducting the ethics investigation is abusive and violates due process. The complaint, which was filed on January 6, 2016 by … Read More

OED Discipline For IP Practitioners Who Use “Snitch” Threats For Tactical Gain

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Duty to Report Misconduct, IP Ethics, OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, PTO Ethics Rules, USPTO OED0 Comments

  “You’re building a rat ship here. A vessel for seagoing snitches” – Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman You represent a patentee in a highly contentious litigation against an accused infringer.  The parties hate each other, and the gloves came off months ago–if they were ever on in the first place. Then extraordinarily you catch your opposing counsel in a … Read More