On March 19, 2014, Michael McCabe ran a workshop to newly-admitted members of the Virginia State Bar on ethical issues faced by patent and trademark attorneys and others who practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”). Mr. McCabe’s workshop dealt with patent and trademark ethics both under the PTO’s new Rules of Professional Conduct as well as the corresponding Virginia Rules. Mr. McCabe also spoke on disciplinary matters before the PTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (“OED”). Mr. McCabe has served as a...read more
In response to our growing practice with Iowa-domiciled insurers, Don Davis was recently admitted to the Iowa Bar. A member of Funk & Bolton’s Insurance Regulation Practice Group, Don’s practice focuses on insurance regulation and insurance transactions and investments. Don previously became familiar with aspects of Iowa insurance and corporate law while assisting insurers considering merging with Iowa companies or redomesticating to Iowa. Don’s admission to the Iowa bar is a natural extension of the firm’s practice in Iowa...read more
Michael McCabe speaking at the 27th Annual Pharmaceutical/Chemical Patent Practice Committee meeting
You can view his presentation below. PTO ethics presentation NJIPLA Dec 10 2013 versread more
Michael McCabe’s article entitled “USPTO’s New Ethics Rocket Docket for Attorney Discipline” was published on October 30, 2013 in IP Law 360.
Michael McCabe’s article entitled “USPTO’s New Ethics Rocket Docket for Attorney Discipline” was published on October 30, 2013 in IP Law 360. Mr. McCabe’s article discusses how the America Invents Act (AIA) imposes a new shortened statute of limitations for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to investigate and file ethics charges against attorneys accused of violating the PTO’s rules of professional responsibility. USPTO’s New Ethics Rocket For Attorney...read more
The William & Mary Law School has named Steve Carney the St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law for the 2013-2014 academic year. Each year the Law School bestows this honor on one of its adjunct professors. Please take the opportunity to congratulate Steve on this special and well-deserved honor. As the Dean said in announcing the honor, Steve is “a most deserving recipient!”read more
Michael McCabe speaks at Virginia legal seminar on Responding to Ethics Investigations before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (PTO).
On April 4 and May 16, 2013, Michael McCabe spoke to members of the Virginia State Bar as part of a panel discussion relating to ethics issues in practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The seminar, which was sponsored by Virginia Continuing Legal Education, also featured Will Covey, Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Lisa A. Dolak, Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. Mr. McCabe’s speech pertained to practitioner’s...read more
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently granted an insurer’s motion to require a “John Doe” plaintiff to litigate his disability claim in his real name. Read the full bulletin here. To view our previous bulletins click here.read more
Karen Kruger provided legal training to the law enforcement executives of the Maryland/Delaware Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc.
On May 7, 2013 Karen Kruger provided legal training to the law enforcement executives of the Maryland/Delaware Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBI NAA), a non-profit, international organization of nearly 18,000 senior law enforcement professionals. The Association has forty-four domestic chapters and four international chapters, and its membership is limited to those who have graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy. Here, Chapter President Holms of the Georgetown, DE Police Department presents Ms. Kruger...read more
Negligence Claims Arising From Terminated Pension Plan Are Preempted By ERISA And Subject To Removal
The United States District Court for the District of Maryland recently ruled negligence claims filed against a broker-dealer by the administrator and sponsor of a terminated defined benefit pension plan are completely preempted by ERISA and removable to federal court. Read the full bulletin here. To view our previous bulletins click here.read more
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability. Under the law and the regulations developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Title I prohibits employers from requiring medical examinations or making disability-related inquiries of employees unless such examinations or inquiries are job-related and consistent with business necessity. This means that when an employee may be unable to work because of a medical condition or an injury, the employer is entitled only to the medical...read more