Posts Tagged: OED Disciplinary Actions


Disbarred Patent Attorney Michael I. Kroll Still Practicing, No Comment from PTO

Despite being excluded from the practice of patent law before the USPTO, Kroll is openly continuing his practice. His website Invention.net is still up and running, …
By Gene Quinn
23 days ago 12

Termination of an OED Disciplinary Proceeding: How A SOL Defense May Be Properly Construed

The Hearing Order concluded that the parties raised sufficient issues of material fact to warrant the ready-to-go Hearing to determine when respondent’s alleged misconduct was actually “…
By Steve Lipman
2 years ago 2

Enter the Sandman: USPTO Unhittable in Reciprocal Discipline Proceedings

Mariano Rivera knows something about perfection. The New York Yankees now-retired pitcher is regarded by many experts as the greatest closer in the history of major league …

OED Discipline for False, Misleading Statements in Brief to CAFC

The USPTO charged that Hicks violated 37 C.F.R. 10.20 et seq.[1] Ultimately, Hicks acknowledged that he violated 37 C.F.R. 10.23(b)(5), which prohibited “conduct that is prejudicial …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at PTO July/August 2013

These three proceedings, like every other reciprocal disciplinary proceeding, demonstrate the overwhelming importance of obtaining the best resolution possible when the State ethics authorities come knocking. Because …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at PTO – May & June 2013

Time and time again in reciprocal discipline proceedings we see the USPTO handing down identical discipline to what was handed out at the State level. This is …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at PTO – April 2013

One of the things specifically alleged as demonstrating lack of control over his practice was his antiquated docketing system. Until 2005 Tachner used a "white board" system that …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 4

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at PTO – March/April 2013

Selling v. Radford, 243 U.S. 46 (1917), sets the standards for imposing reciprocal discipline on the basis of a State’s disciplinary adjudication. Under Selling, State disciplinary action creates …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at PTO – Feb. 2013

Jaeger did not file a response to the complaint, despite being granted two extensions of time to do so. He did, however, send two brief fax messages …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Ethics & OED: Suspended Practitioner Reinstated After Felony

It is not common to see a petition for reinstatement, much less an actual reinstatement. That is, however, what happened with respect to Mr. B., who was …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at the USPTO April/May 2012

What follows are the decisions from April and May 2012. In this time period in 2012 at the OED the Office found themselves dealing with a patent attorney that …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at the USPTO June 2012

George Reardon was a registered patent agent (Registration No. 53,505). He was also the President and Executive Director of the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP). He was …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at the USPTO July/Aug. 2012

The USPTO suspension was applied nunc pro tunc. Discipline imposed nunc pro tunc is appropriate only if the practitioner: (1) promptly notified the OED Director of his or …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at the USPTO Oct. 2012

What follows is discussion of the two disciplinary proceedings undertaken by the USPTO during the month of October 2012. First up is a situation where the USPTO went …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 2

Ethics & OED: Practitioner Discipline at the USPTO Nov/Dec 2012

David Gaudio was not a registered patent practitioner, but this was not a case where OED went after someone who was only engaged in trademark representation via …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 3