To Err Is Human – But Is It Unethical?

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.IP Ethics, PTO Ethics Decisions, USPTO OED1 Comment

“I made a wrong mistake” – Yogi Berra   Before his sentencing for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, Bernie Madoff explained to the court he had “made a terrible mistake.”  To borrow a line from my 11-year old daughter: “No duh.” Madoff’s “mistake” led to a 150-year prison sentence. In bar disciplinary proceedings, the word “mistake” is … Read More

After a Decade of Frivolous Litigation, IP Lawyer Finally Ousted From California Bar

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline, moral turpitude5 Comments

It should come as no surprise that California intellectual property lawyer Patrick Missud was disbarred for moral turpitude.  After all, Missud clogged the federal and state courts for years with frivolous lawsuits and bizarre, often outrageous, litigation conduct. On October 1, 2014, a Review Board of the State Bar Court of California adopted a hearing panel’s recommendation that Missud be disbarred. See … Read More