The Ethical Risks of Paraprofessionals Providing IP Legal Services (Part 1 of 2)

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.IP Ethics, OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Unauthorized Practice of Law0 Comments

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –Vince Lombardi Every successful IP lawyer, whether a solo practitioner or a senior partner in a mega-firm, has one thing in common: a great support team of secretaries, legal assistants, technical advisors, and paralegals. A great paraprofessional is worth … Read More

IP Law Firm Pushes Back Against Lawsuit Alleging It Fraudulently Procured Confidential Inventions

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Confidentiality, District Court Litigation, Duty to Non-Client0 Comments

Intellectual property law firm Kilpatrick Townsend is fighting back against accusations in a recent complaint accusing the firm and its client, Omnicell, Inc., of conspiring to fraudulently obtain confidential information about a third-party’s inventions and then using that information to acquire patents for Omnicell naming only an Omnicell employee as the inventor. MV Circuit Design, Inc. v. Omnicell, Inc., et al., No. 1:14-cv-02028-DAP (Sept. 12, 2014 N.D. Ohio). Misappropriation of Confidential IP  … Read More

CAFC Disciplines Patent Litigator Who Forwarded Former Chief Judge’s “BFF” Email To Clients

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Discipline, Federal Circuit Ethics Decisions1 Comment

On November 5, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an order publicly reprimanding IP litigator Edward R. Reines.  See In re Edward R. Reines, 14-MA004 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 5, 2014) (en banc).  The discipline is the latest chapter in an unusual saga surrounding an email to Reines from former Chief Circuit Court Judge Randall Rader.  That email ultimately led … Read More