Former Prosecutor Who Forged Indictment Wins Jackass of Month Award

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Duty to Tribunal, Suspension1 Comment

This month’s “Jackass of the Month” award featured many fine contestants.  Each exhibited the qualities of a true jackass — arrogance, intentional disregard of the law, superiority, and narcissim, to name a few. But one attorney stood out head and shoulders above the crowd for his truly loathsome behavior as not only an officer of the court but as a … Read More

USPTO Suspends Attorney For Six Months For Derogatory Patent Filings

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Civility/Professionalism, Patent Ethics, Suspension, USPTO OED4 Comments

This week at “Back to School Night,” I read with great interest some words of wisdom posted on the wall as part of a set of class “Rules.” The children agreed to three general principles of self-governance: Be nice to others. Don’t use bad words. Be respectful. Lawyers also have their own rules of self-governance, codified in the Rules of Professional … Read More

Is OED’s Indefinite Delay In “Reviewing” Reinstatement Applications Constitutional?

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Patent Attorney Disciplinary Matters, Reinstatement, Suspension0 Comments

An attorney’s suspension from the practice of law is not unlike a jail sentence.  Not literally, of course.  The suspended attorney is free to do anything they otherwise could do when they were not suspended, with the exception of practicing law. Many practitioners believe that once their suspension period has run its course, the practitioner is “released,” the suspension is automatically lifted, and the practitioner may immediately get back into … Read More

OED Disciplines Patent Attorney Accused of Child Molestation

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Suspension, USPTO Director Decisions0 Comments

Not long ago, David C. Plache was a licensed physician, a licensed attorney, and a registered patent practitioner. Then came a 29-count indictment for child sex abuse, which ultimately led to a conviction for child endangerment. Plache subsequently lost his right to practice medicine and his state bar license was suspended for three years. On September 24, 2014, the USPTO … Read More