Patent attorney Rodney K. Worrel should have listened to the sage advice of UCLA’s legendary basketball coach. The California-based attorney has been excluded from practice before the USPTO for engaging in a pattern of misconduct that involved multiple acts of neglect, deceit, and conversion of client funds. Administrative Law Judge Alexander Fernandez determined that Worrel, who had been a member of the patent bar since 1974, engaged in seven separate acts of misconduct and that his conduct warranted imposing the maximum discipline. 

 

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