Lawyer Who Photoshopped Self Into Celebrity Photos Posted On Firm Website Suspended For Deceptive Advertising

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Advertising, Discipline, IP Ethics, Patent Ethics0 Comments

“You are known by the company you keep” – Aesop’s Fables As lawyers, we are often judged by prospective clients based upon the quality of our past or existing clients.  If you represent a large, rich, powerful corporation, the message that sends to a prospective client is – if he or she is good enough for them, that’s good enough … Read More

District Court Holds USPTO’s Reciprocal Discipline Rule Requires Agency To Impose “Identical” Sanction As State Bar

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Patent Ethics, Reciprocal Discipline2 Comments

USPTO practitioners take heed — if you are publicly disciplined on ethical grounds by a State Bar, the USPTO must impose the identical disciplinary sanction as the State Bar.  Moreover, Section 11.24 provides practitioners notice regarding the procedure to be followed if a practitioner is disciplined on ethical grounds by another jurisdiction.  Those are the key takeaways from a recent case … Read More

USPTO Reciprocally Excludes Patent Lawyer Based On State Court Disbarment

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Client Funds, IP Ethics, Patent Ethics, PTO Ethics Decisions, Reciprocal Discipline0 Comments

 On July 15, 2015, the USPTO Director entered an order excluding Richard Polidi from practice before the Office.  The USPTO Director’s disciplinary action came after the Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) filed a complaint for reciprocal discipline predicated on Mr. Polidi’s disbarment from State Bar of North Carolina. Based on public documents filed in the North Carolina disciplinary … Read More

After Confessing To Ethics Violation, Patent Attorney Disbarred For Commingling And Converting Client Funds

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Client Funds, Communications, PTO Ethics Decisions0 Comments

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain Give patent attorney Stephen Robinson at least a little credit – he was honest about being dishonest. The fact he self-reported his ethical violations to the Kansas Bar was not enough to save his state law license.  In re Stephen R. Robinson, No. 107,311 (Kan. Sup. Ct.). Nor was it sufficient to avoid disbarment … Read More

After a Decade of Frivolous Litigation, IP Lawyer Finally Ousted From California Bar

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline, moral turpitude5 Comments

It should come as no surprise that California intellectual property lawyer Patrick Missud was disbarred for moral turpitude.  After all, Missud clogged the federal and state courts for years with frivolous lawsuits and bizarre, often outrageous, litigation conduct. On October 1, 2014, a Review Board of the State Bar Court of California adopted a hearing panel’s recommendation that Missud be disbarred. See … Read More