A Warning About Making "Casual Statements" to the USPTO


On PLI's Patent Law Practice Center, Gene Quinn details the saga of Michelle Massicotte, a licensed attorney and expectant mother who found herself on the wrong end of an Office of Enrollment and Discipline action after making false statements in petitions to revive three abandoned trademark applications forgotten during a high-risk pregnancy. Quinn says this should be a warning about the "casual statements" sometimes made in filings. The penalty even for someone with a clean record just isn't worth running the risk.

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