Patent Attorneys can be Disciplined by States and the Patent Office

Patent attorneys live under constraints that many attorneys do not. One of those constraints involves the rules of professional conduct and discipline. A patent attorney is subject to discipline under both state rules of professional conduct and the rules of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). A 2001 decision by the United States […]

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Unregistered Trademarks Can Have Priority Over Later-filed Federal Registered Marks

Incorrectly informed people can be blindsided by a few trademark issues. One topic that frequently occurs in my conversations with potential clients involves federal registration of trademarks. If I successfully complete a trademark registration, this does not mean that the trademark does not infringe another’s brand name. When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) […]

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