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    • June 20, 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • GoToWebinar

    When Good Lawyers Go Bad: Common Ethics Mistakes By IP Practitioners 

    Michael E. McCabe, Jr.

    McCabe Law LLC


    Most patent and trademark attorneys try to do the right thing.  Many IP practitioners mistakenly believe that as long as they are not lying, cheating, or stealing, then their practices are ethical.  Unfortunately, even when acting in good faith, an IP lawyer still can run afoul of the USPTO’s Rules of Professional Conduct, subjecting themselves to possible disciplinary action by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline and endangering their license to practice law. This discussion addresses the most common ways that patent and trademark lawyers unintentionally violate the USPTO’s ethics rules and offers some best practices for avoiding a charge of ethical misconduct.  


    Michael E. McCabe, Jr. is a registered patent attorney and IP litigator.  His nationwide practice focuses in the area of intellectual property legal ethics, with a particular emphasis on representing patent and trademark attorneys in government investigations and disciplinary matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the State Bars in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Michael also provides ethics and risk management counseling to IP lawyers, law firms, and in-house counsel.

    Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences and is published nationally.  He is the creator of IPethics & INsights, an award winning law blog that focuses on ethics and disciplinary issues specifically for the intellectual property lawyer. He has served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law and presently teaches Patent Law as a guest lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University.

    Michael is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  Before entering the practice of law, Michael worked as an engineer for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.

    Michael attended the evening law school at University of Baltimore School of Law, where he graduated with high honor and was a member of the Law Review and National Moot Court team.  

    • September 13, 2017
    • September 15, 2017
    • Marriott Fisherman's Wharf Hotel, San Francisco

    2017 AIPF Annual Meeting
    An Age of Uncertainty: How do Boutique IP Firms Respond?

    September 13 - 15, 2017

    Marriott Fisherman's Wharf Hotel, San Francisco, CA

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    For hotel reservations, please contact the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf Hotel: All reservations must be made individually through the hotel's Reservation Department by calling 1-800-228-9290 or visiting this link. *You must mention the AIPF Annual Meeting to receive the discounted rate of $309.00 USD for single or double occupancy per night (excluding taxes). This rate is available until the room block is sold-out or until 5:00PM on August 23, 2017, whichever occurs first.






Past Events

May 22, 2017 AIPF Breakfast at the INTA Annual Meeting
May 17, 2017 The Dark Side of Domain Names
April 12, 2017 Nuances of North American Patent Law
March 28, 2017 Trademark Committee Virtual Roundtable
February 21, 2017 A Primer on the Updated 2017 TTAB Rules in Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings
January 25, 2017 After Final Patent Prosecution Strategy
December 07, 2016 Recent Law Change Concerning Chinese Patent Infringement Disputes: Interpretations (2) of SPC
November 04, 2016 Protecting Your IP Overseas: WIPO Services and Initiatives at Salt Lake City, UT
November 02, 2016 Protecting Your IP Overseas: WIPO Services and Initiatives at San Diego, CA
October 31, 2016 Protecting Your IP Overseas: WIPO Services and Initiatives at San Jose, CA
October 26, 2016 The XYZ's of 3D Scanning: Making Reality Virtual
September 26, 2016 Patent Protection and Administrative Enforcement in China
September 14, 2016 2016 AIPF Annual Meeting
September 11, 2016 2016 IPO Annual Meeting
August 16, 2016 Non-Practicing Entities: How to Deal with Patent Trolls
July 21, 2016 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility
July 14, 2016 Trademark Committee Virtual Roundtable
May 05, 2016 Technology Risk Management and Cyber Liability for Law Firms and Their Clients
April 19, 2016 Best IP Protection Strategies for Wearable Tech Development
February 23, 2016 Patent Issue-Spotting for Trademark Lawyers
January 13, 2016 Navigating Influence: The Key to Sustaining Your Legal Practice
November 19, 2015 Lessons Learned from Recent Data Breaches, and Ten Critical Steps to Reduce Your Risks of Becoming the Next Target
October 28, 2015 Ensuring Your Partner Pay Plan Works: Evaluating Contributions of Originators and Producers of Legal work and Consequential Non-revenue Producing Activities
September 30, 2015 2015 AIPF Annual Meeting
September 27, 2015 2015 IPO Annual Meeting
August 19, 2015 Innovating with Universities
July 14, 2015 Effective Office Action Responses & Discovery Conferences in TTAB Proceedings
June 17, 2015 Overview of Patent Quality with the USPTO
June 09, 2015 USPTO's Future of Urban Innovation Summit - June 9th in NYC
May 20, 2015 Trial Practice Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Part II
May 04, 2015 AIPF Breakfast at the INTA Annual Meeting
October 22, 2014 WebIP Hour: The Streisand Effect: IP Litigation in the Wild West of Social Media
September 28, 2014 AIPF 2014 Annual Meeting