Patent Attorney Disbarred For Attempting To Extort Fees From Former Law Firm

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.IP Ethics, Patent Attorney Disciplinary Matters, Reciprocal Discipline, USPTO Director Decisions0 Comments

On December 31, 2014, the USPTO Director issued an Order of Reciprocal Discipline excluding a Bellevue, Washington patent attorney from practicing before the Office. Former patent attorney Jeffrey T. Haley’s exclusion followed his voluntary resignation from the State Bar of Washington, where he had been charged with attempted extortion from his former law firm. The Compensation Dispute In 1979, Mr. Haley … Read More

SCOTUS Threatens Sanctions Against Patent Attorney: Is USPTO Ethical Discipline Next?

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Competence, Discipline, Supreme Court Ethics2 Comments

Last week, the United States Supreme Court turned more than a few heads when it issued an attorney discipline order against Howard Shipley – a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLC – for his conduct relating to a (denied) petition for writ of certiorari.  The Supreme Court is demanding that, within 40 days, Shipley show cause “why he should not be sanctioned” … Read More

Former Siemens Patent Attorney Indicted In $2.4 Million Fraudulent Billing Scheme

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Client Funds, Patent Criminal0 Comments

“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.” — Gorden Gekko, Wall Street. Maybe “greed works” for some.  For Alexander James Burke, however, greed may end up being his downfall. On October 16, 2014, Burke, a patent attorney once employed by … Read More