In re Chelsea L. Davis, D2016-25 (USPTO Dir. Aug. 9, 2016)

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Disability, USPTO

Disposition: Reciprocal transfer to disability inactive status predicated on transfer to disability inactive status in Texas. The transfer was not opposed by the practitioner.  Final decision here.

Summary: A patent attorney was transferred to disciplinary inactive status in Texas. Pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 11.29, the USPTO Director ordered the practitioner to be reciprocally transferred to disciplinary inactive status in trademark, patent, and non-patent matters before the USPTO. The practitioner filed no opposition to the transfer and she may not return to active status until further order by the OED Director.

Related to USPTO Practice?  No

Related Case: In the Matter of Chelsea L. Davis, Cause No. 54202 (Tex. May 14, 2015)

Facts: This matter involved Chelsea L. Davis, a Texas-based patent attorney. On May 14, 2015, the Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas issued an order transferring Ms. Davis to inactive status due to disability for an indefinite period. The Board found that Ms. Davis suffered from “a mental condition that results in her inability to practice law, provide client services, complete contracts of employment, or otherwise carry out her professional responsibilities to clients, courts, the profession or the public.”
The USPTO Director filed an order to show cause why Ms. Davis should not be similarly transferred by the USPTO to disability inactive status pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 11.29. Ms. Davis failed to respond. Accordingly, the Director of the USPTO ordered that Ms. Davis be transferred to disability inactive status pending further action by the OED Director. While on disability inactive status, Ms. Davis is not authorized to practice before the USPTO in patent, trademark, or other non-patent matters.