• Owner Of Phony Patent Law Firm Wants Colorado UPL Case Dismissed

    The owner of a fake IP law firm that is being sued in Colorado for allegedly engaging in the unauthorized practice of law has filed a motion to have the case dismissed for alleged lack of subject matter and personal jurisdiction. Dak Steiert, the owner of “Intelligent Patent Services,” which purports to be a “patent law firm,” is the subject of a Petition for Injunction filed ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 19 readers -
  • Intellectual Ventures Prevails In Capital One Antitrust Suit

    On Friday, a Maryland federal judge granted summary judgment in favor of Intellectual Ventures on Capital One’s claims that IV’s acquisition and enforcement of patents relating to banking services violated U.S. antitrust law. In a 53-page memorandum Opinion, Judge Paul G. Grimm found that IV’s conduct in obtaining and enforcing its patents was immune from antitrust liability ba ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 21 readers -
  • So These Two Lawyers Walk Into A Bar . . . .

    What sounds like the start of a joke is no laughing matter–at least not for two White House attorneys. As widely reported last week, Don McGahn and Ty Cobb, President Trump’s lawyers, were overheard at a popular D.C. restaurant discussing/arguing about a highly confidential matter concerning their client: namely how cooperative The White House should be with Robert Mueller’s i ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 19 readers -
  • Are Your Firm’s Foreign Associate Practices Ethical?

    It is commonplace for IP law firms in the United States to receive referrals for patent and trademark application filing, prosecution, and related services from sources other than the actual client. In one of the most common scenarios, patent and trademark services are directed to a U.S. IP law firm through an intermediary, such as a non-U.S. law firm or client “liaison.

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 12 readers -
  • Mandatory Ethics Training For Patent Agents Is Long Overdue

    What formal ethics training is required of a U.S. patent agent? None. What minimal level of competency in ethics must a patent agent demonstrate in order to qualify for a license to practice patent law before the USPTO? Again, the answer is “None.” For attorneys, ethics training is of considerable importance. It starts in law school. Accredited law schools require students to take legal ethics.

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 13 readers -
  • Law, Drugs, Addiction, Death.

    The addiction crisis and its impact on the legal profession is the subject of two recently published articles. The first is The Lawyer, The Addict, published on July 16 in The New York Times (sub. req.). It is a powerful story written by the ex-wife of a Silicon Valley-based IP partner. She recounts her former husband’s painful descent from 20 years of the 60-hour-a-week Big ...

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 17 readers -
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