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

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Patent Ethics3 Comments

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

Mission Impassable: Moral Character Can Block Applicants From USPTO Bar Membership

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Patent Ethics, USPTO OEDLeave a Comment

The Wolf: “Just because you are a character doesn’t mean that you have character.” – Pulp Fiction So you say you want to become registered to practice before the USPTO? You possess all the requisite technical skills. You did well in law school. You recently passed the Patent Bar Exam with flying colors. Congratulations. So what’s the problem? Well, there … Read More