USPTO Suspends Ethically-Challenged Patent Attorney

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Client Funds, Communications, Competence, USPTO Director Decisions0 Comments

On August 19, 2014, the USPTO Director issued a final order suspending a patent attorney for 20-months based on three separate suspensions issued by the Supreme Court of California. The USPTO added an additional six-month period to the suspension—for a total suspension of 26 months—based on the attorney’s failure to cooperate with the OED’s disciplinary investigation. In re Donrad, No. … Read More

Former Client Publicly Blasts Attorney Suspended by USPTO for Failure to Communicate

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Communications, Competence, Discipline, PTO Ethics Decisions5 Comments

The USPTO recently settled a disciplinary action filed against an IP attorney by suspending him from practice before the Office for five (5) months for failing to communicate and allowing his clients’ trademark applications to become abandoned without their knowledge or consent.  In re Shaffer, No. D2014-18. This disciplinary matter arose from an attorney’s representation of two trademark clients. The USPTO’s public … Read More

USPTO Disciplines Attorney For Billing $1,000 Hourly “Relationship Fee”

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Client Funds, Discipline, PTO Ethics Decisions2 Comments

The USPTO settled a disciplinary action filed against a non-patent attorney who billed a client thousands of dollars, at a rate of $1,000 per hour, to prepare a patent application and then, without his client’s knowledge or consent, outsourced the legal work to an unaffiliated patent attorney for a fraction of the fee paid by the client.   In re Lehat, No. D2013-04. This disciplinary action arose … Read More