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

OED Disciplines Patent Attorney Accused of Child Molestation

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Suspension, USPTO Director DecisionsLeave a Comment

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