PTAB Awards Attorneys’ Fees As Sanction For Protective Order Violation

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Patent Ethics, PTAB Sanctions0 Comments

On July 1, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in RPX Corp. v. Applications in Internet Time LLC, IPR2015-01750, 01751 & 01752, ordered patent owner Applications in Internet Time (AIT) to pay petitioner RPX Corp. $13,500 in attorney’s fees as a sanction for violating the Board’s protective order.  The Board found sanctions were warranted because AIT  disclosed the confidential … 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

Patent Attorney Who Lied to Client and Bar Counsel Receives Two-Month Suspension

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Misrepresentations, Patent Attorney Disciplinary Matters, USPTO Director Decisions0 Comments

“It is strange the way the ignorant and inexperienced so often and so undeservedly succeed when the informed and the experienced fail.” – Mark Twain in Eruption Phillip Pippenger is one very lucky patent attorney.  In the world of attorney discipline, the mental state of the attorney is an important factor in determining the type and severity of discipline bar counsel … Read More