IP Ethics CLE Solutions

An In-House, Customized IP Ethics CLE Program

Many IP lawyers are licensed in jurisdictions that require mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE or CLE) credits, usually on an annual or biennial basis. Most CLE states require at least some minimum level of CLE training specifically in the field of ethics. For IP practitioners who are licensed in such states, obtaining ethics credits can be costly and time-consuming.

McCabe//Ali can meet your needs with IP Ethics CLE Solutions.

McCabe//Ali provides on-site or remote IP Ethics CLE programs for IP practitioners, in-house counsel, other attorneys, and para-professionals-- for patent and trademark lawyers, by patent and trademark lawyers. Our customized programs provide a simple, cost-effective, and efficient way for lawyers to obtain valuable CLE credit hours in legal ethics, technical competency, and mental health. Many of our CLE programs may also assist underwriters in analyzing coverage for law firms, resulting in potentially lower premiums. Plus, the organization gets to decide the subject matter that would be most beneficial to their specific ethics needs.

Some of the more popular IP Ethics CLE topics include:

  • Hot topics and latest developments in IP ethics;
  • Understanding Trademark Signature Rules;
  • What Can My Paralegal Sign?;
  • Avoiding discipline at the USPTO;
  • Conflicts of Interest;
  • Subject matter conflicts in IP law;
  • Ethics and IP litigation;
  • Best Practices for Subject Matter Conflicts;
  • Ethics for the IP Para-professional;
  • Attorneys’ fees and sanctions as grounds for USPTO discipline;
  • Avoiding claims of IP malpractice;
  • Ethical risks of the unsophisticated IP client;
  • Inequitable Conduct
  • Unauthorized practice of IP law; and
  • What to do if you are investigated by the OED?

Customized Solutions

For private organizations and law firms, McCabe//Ali design, develop and present unique content specifically tailored to your organization’s needs. We provide the work and make it easy for your whole organization to benefit. All of our in-house programs are submitted for ethics accreditation by the applicable state agency and are often used as a defense in OED proceeding to show proactive compliance with the ethics rules.

Experience & Reputation

Currently, Emil J. Ali serves as the Chairman of the ABA-IPL Ethics Committee. Michael E. McCabe, Jr. previously held that role in the same Committee. 

Michael and Emil have presented on IP ethics before all of the major IP bar associations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), the National Association for Legal Professionals (NALP), the American Conference Institute (ACI) and the Practicing Law Institute (PLI). They have also presented at numerous national and state-level bar organizations and law associations around the nation.  See there speaking engagements here:

Current Speaking Engagements

For more information and to schedule an in-house IP Ethics CLE program
for your organization, please contact us.

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