Former Siemens Patent Attorney Indicted In $2.4 Million Fraudulent Billing Scheme

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Client Funds, Patent CriminalLeave a Comment

“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.” — Gorden Gekko, Wall Street. Maybe “greed works” for some.  For Alexander James Burke, however, greed may end up being his downfall. On October 16, 2014, Burke, a patent attorney once employed by … Read More

Patent and Trademark Ethics – Reciprocal Discipline at the USPTO

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline, PTO Ethics RulesLeave a Comment

In 2013, the USPTO scrapped its old ethics rules based on the Model Code of Professional Responsibility and promulgated “new” rules modeled after the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The USPTO recognized it was late to this dance – 49 states and the District of Columbia had already adopted some version of the ABA Model Rules.  The Office’s goal, … Read More