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Alt Legal WebinarTrademark Ethics – Five Things That Might Keep You Up At Night

Alt Legal Team | April 16, 2022
2 min read

This webinar was recorded on May 12, 2022.

Ethics issues—whether raised by the state bar or by the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline—can create problems for trademark lawyers. Join us for a webinar with former USPTO OED Attorney Emil J. Ali (now at McCabe & Ali, LLP) as he walks us through in-depth hypotheticals based upon real issues trademark lawyers face. He discusses ethics issues from the start to the end of the client relationship and explains how to prevent potential ethics and malpractice issues down the road. This webinar is designed for new and experienced attorneys alike, and will cover common problems specific to trademark practitioners including specimens, conflicts, and more. By the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to answer questions such as:

  • What searching or review is required before I file a trademark application?
  • How should I deal with an Office Action that cites my client’s mark?
  • When is a trademark applicant no longer my client?

View the webinar recording here (registration required).

You can download all of the webinar materials here.


  • You can find more info about the case Emil discussed here.

Speaker Bio

Emil J. Ali, Partner, McCabe & Ali, LLP

Emil J. Ali is a partner at McCabe & Ali, LLP where he focuses his practice on helping lawyers understand their obligations under state and federal law. As a registered patent attorney, a significant focus of his practice involves advising lawyers and law firms on all aspects of the intersection of IP and ethics matters. Emil’s work includes counseling clients on lateral transitions, malpractice avoidance, expert opinion and testimony, and respondent’s defense work before various bars and courts. You can view his musings on IP ethics issues at

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