29 March 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

IP lawyer launches new ethics practice

Intellectual property lawyer Michael McCabe has formed a new firm dedicated to representing trademark and patent attorneys before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The new firm, McCabe Law, is based in Potomac, Maryland, and will help attorneys who face suspension at the USPTO’s office of enrolment and discipline (OED), as well as various state bars.

McCabe is a registered patent attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing foreign and domestic entities and individuals before US federal courts and the USPTO.

He has also been a mainstay in IP ethics law, and has written about ethics issue on his website.

Commenting on the launch of his new firm, McCabe said: “Any patent or trademark attorney or patent agent who does business in the US can find themselves quickly in the cross hairs of a federal ethics investigation by the USPTO’s OED.”

“I represent IP attorneys, agents and law firms in navigating USPTO ethics investigations. I help them to avoid discipline, counseling them on practice changes where necessary.”

He added: “The cases can be tricky—the facts can be quite complex—and some areas of the law are very unsettled. These cases can be particularly unnerving even to the most senior members of the bar—no one wants to be the target of a federal ethics investigation, a bar disciplinary complaint, or a malpractice case.”

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