How The USPTO War On Returned Checks Affects You

Law360, New York (September 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT) -- The Office of Enrollment and Discipline of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is investigating a number of incidents where checks written by patent and trademark practitioners have been returned for insufficient funds, and it is aggressively pursuing discipline for practitioners with three or more checks returned for insufficient funds.

The sanction imposed most often is a suspension as evidenced by recent cases reported in the USPTO’s Official Gazette. The opening of an investigation can present a nightmare for any practitioner and very often leads to...
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