Quandries and Quagmires: Legal Ethics, Risk Management in Pandemic

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Attorney Internet Scams, Attorney Mental Health, Civility/Professionalism, Coronavirus ethics, IP Ethics, Legal Ethics, Legal Malpractice, ProfessionalismLeave a Comment

by Charles Lundberg, Esq. Reprinted with permission. Published March 30, 2020 in Minnesota Lawyer. In a span of less than two weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented disruption in law firms and created a host of new issues for firm general counsel and ethics partners. Here is a sampling of new ethics and risk management issues that have arisen … Read More

Mixing Inventor And Patent Prosecutor Intent To Deceive: CleanTech Muddies Inequitable Conduct Law

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Duty of Candor, Inequitable Conduct, IP Ethics, Patent EthicsLeave a Comment

Inequitable conduct is supposed to be personal to each individual who owes a duty of disclosure to the USPTO. Thus, just because an inventor may have knowingly and intentionally lied to the USPTO does not mean that prosecution counsel did so as well. Indeed, most prosecutors are in a position where they must rely upon the apparent veracity of their … Read More

Quoted in Law360: “$32M Dentons Verdict Could Put Vereins In The Crosshairs”

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Conflicts of Interest, IP Litigation Malpractice, IP Litigation Sanctions, IP Malpractice, ITC Sanctions, Legal Ethics, Litigation Ethics, Litigation Ethics, Malpractice, trademark malpracticeLeave a Comment

On February 25, 2020, Michael E. McCabe, Jr. was quoted in Law360 (including the lead story in IP360 and Legal Ethics360), in an article entitled “$32M Dentons Verdict Could Put Vereins in the Crosshairs“ by Aebra Coe. The Law360 article addresses the ethical risks of the Swiss verein structure as it relates to conflicts of interest. The case involved a … Read More

The Curious Case of the Twerking BigLaw Attorney

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Civility/Professionalism, Legal Ethics, Litigation Ethics, ProfessionalismLeave a Comment

From the now-I’ve-heard-everything category, there is this: A plaintiff in a federal action claims that during the course of a mediation of her employment discrimination case, counsel for the defense–a partner with a major international law firm– allegedly “shook his butt” at plaintiff’s counsel while uttering profanity. Plaintiff demands sanctions of $7,000 for the alleged, er, exposure. For its part, … Read More

USPTO Requires Patent Bar Applicants To Disclose Expunged Or Diverted Criminal Records

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Patent EthicsLeave a Comment

While in college, Joe Varsity is arrested for public intoxication. Joe pleads no contest, and the charge is dismissed after he completes an alcohol education class. Joe’s conviction is later expunged (or erased). Under the laws where Joe’s arrest occurred, “any person who shall have been the subject of such an erasure shall be deemed to have never been arrested … Read More

Avoiding USPTO Discipline: Five Recommendations for IP Practitioners

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Competence, Conflicts of Interest, IP Ethics, Malpractice, OED, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Patent Malpractice, Patent Prosecution Malpractice, Patent Subject Matter Conflicts, USPTO Ethics Investigation, USPTO OED, USPTO Rules of Professional ConductLeave a Comment

The USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) exists, in large part, to ensure that patent and trademark practitioner are practicing ethically and in accordance with the Office’s Rules of Professional Conduct.  The OED’s staff includes a dozen attorneys, many of whom have practical experience in the area of IP law.  Whether you have been practicing law for many years … Read More

Varsity Blues: What Bar Discipline Lies Ahead For Lawyer In College Admissions Scandal

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Criminal Conviction, Fraud, Gross Misconduct, Misrepresentations, Moral turpitide2 Comments

The co-chair of Willkie Farr, Gordon Caplan, was named today in an unsealed federal indictment. The result of an FBI investigation dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” Caplan, as well as dozens of other well-to-do parents, was involved in what the U.S. Attorney’s Office calls a “nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite … Read More

Loose Lips Sink Attorney Secrets

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Confidentiality, Patent EthicsLeave a Comment

I was on a long flight recently and had the misfortune of sitting behind two lawyers for several hours.  For almost the entire duration of the flight, the attorneys were involved in a detailed discussion about what was obvious (to me anyway) to be a client matter.  They were discussing an upcoming deposition, strategical issues, and client communications.  And they … Read More