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Emil was quoted in Bloomberg Law regarding the DOJ OIG Report and the potential impact on the Former U.S. Attorney   “I think the bar is very likely to take some action here to enforce the idea that everyone is held accountable—even the people at the top,” said Emil Ali, who counsels attorneys accused of misconduct and teaches legal ethics at Lewis & Clark Law School. “A prosecutor’s job is to uphold the law, […]

Emil Quoted in Bloomberg Law Regarding transparency at the USPTO related to Whistleblower allegations   “The USPTO is going to struggle, from their ethics perspective, to allow practitioners to understand that they should have faith in the process and the agency, when the way ethics is dealt out at the USPTO is, ‘Do as I say, not as I do,’” said Emil J. Ali, a partner at McCabe & […]

Emil Quoted in Law360 about Transparency at the USPTO after the PTAB-Fitzpatrick decision   Emil Ali, a lawyer who helped write the office’s Rules of Professional Conduct and who now consults practitioners on ethics issues under his own shingle at McCabe Ali LLP, told Law360 that he doesn’t think the office should appeal. “I think it’s very possible they will appeal it. But I would hope that […]

Emil J. Ali quoted in Law360 about the ABA’s new Formal Opinion 505

Law360 (May 3, 2023, 4:48 PM EDT) — A committee of the American Bar Association issued new guidance Wednesday on the ethical obligations surrounding retainers and prepaid attorney fees, offering guardrails to protect clients from paying nonrefundable fees for unearned legal work.  Read more behind paywall –  

Emil Quoted in Law360 re ChatGPT

Emil was quoted in Law360 Emil spoke about the ethics issues related to ChatGPT.   According to IP ethics attorney Emil J. Ali of McCabe & Ali LLP, while attorneys may seemingly rely on informed consent to use cloud computing, many engagement letters still warn clients of the use of smart devices, cloud computing, and […]

Emil J. Ali Quoted in Bloomberg Law regarding Patent Judge Reforms

Emil Ali was quoted in a July 2022 article regarding the independent of patent judges at the PTAB. See more at

Emil J. Ali Quoted in Reuters Story About Tom Girardi Bar Charges

Emil J. Ali was quoted in a legal news story about the State Bar of California’s recent disciplinary charges against Tom Girardi.  Read more at  

Emil J. Ali Quoted in World Trademark Review

Partner Emil J. Ali was quoted again in World Trademark Review regarding the solicitation of trademark attorneys to “rent” their license to companies in Asia.  Read more:  

Quoted in World Trademark Review

Emil J. Ali was quoted in the World Trademark Review, a leading IP trade publication, regarding his thoughts related to the new presidential administration.  In the article, Emil speaks about his hopes for education of trademark attorneys.   Read more at:

Quoted in Law 360 – I Took A Chance During COVID-19

McCabe & Ali, LLP was featured in Law360’s Modern Lawyer – A story regarding opening a successful law firm during the pandemic – I Took A Chance During COVID-19. Read More:

Quoted in Reuters: IP firm founders predict ‘onslaught’ of ethics issues for lawyers under pressure

Emil J. Ali and Michael E. McCabe Jr. were quoted in Reuters Legal regarding the launch of McCabe & Ali, LLP. Reuters (August 12, 2020) — Michael McCabe’s career in intellectual property law – and his special niche in IP ethics – has taken him in and out of Big Law, academia, boutique firms and […]

Quoted in Law360: 2 IP Ethics Attys Join Forces To Establish New Firm In DC, LA

Michael McCabe and Emil Ali said Tuesday they merged their solo practices
to form McCabe & Ali LLP, which started operations Aug. 3. Based in
Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, the new firm handles the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline ethics
investigations, disciplinary trials and federal court appeals.

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