OED Launches Diversion Program As Alternative To Traditional Attorney Discipline

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline Diversion, OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, USPTO Ethics Investigation, USPTO OEDLeave a Comment

In a welcome response to the growing epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse among members of the legal profession, the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) of the USPTO announced today it has initiated a new disciplinary diversion program that focuses on treatment rather than punishment.  The OED’s Diversion Program, which will initially begin as a two-year “pilot program,” aligns … Read More

Drunk Driving Can Lead To Professional Discipline

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline, Office of Enrollment and DisciplineLeave a Comment

The Bar cares when you’ve stayed too long at the bar. Attorneys need to be mindful that a conviction for drunk driving may impact their ability to practice law. Practitioners who are subject to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the USPTO, for example, must advise the Office of Enrollment and Discipline within 30 days of any criminal conviction, misdemeanor or felony. When the … Read More

Fired Trademark Attorney And Husband Arrested For Stabbing Law Firm Managing Partner

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Job counselors always seem to be full of advice for people who are fired from their jobs.  “Go out gracefully” and “don’t burn bridges” are common suggestions for the newly-unemployed. Recently-fired intellectual property attorney Alecia Schmuhl might have benefitted from such words of wisdom.  Instead, she sits in a jail cell charged with malicious wounding and abduction while her victims–the managing partner of her former firm … Read More

USPTO Suspends Patent Attorney Convicted Of Soliciting Sex With Minor

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline, Gross Misconduct, PTO Ethics DecisionsLeave a Comment

On August 19, 2014, USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee temporarily suspended a 44-year old patent attorney after his conviction for soliciting sex online with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year old girl. Attorney Robert M. Bohanek’s license will remain suspended until completion of disciplinary proceedings. In re Bohanek, No. D2014-30. According to the Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit, Mr. … Read More

Luck Ends For Patent Attorney Who Tried To Bribe Way Out Of Arrest

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Only attorney Richard Chae knows what, exactly, he was thinking in the early morning hours of February 25, 2010, after police stopped him on suspicion of drunk driving. According to news reports, Mr. Chae had just left the poker room at the “Lucky Chances” casino when he was pulled over at 2:40 AM. Mr. Chae, who already had two convictions for DUI, … Read More