An Appleton patent attorney has been charged with more misconduct less than two months after the state’s highest court suspended his license.
According to a complaint the Office of Lawyer Regulation filed June 16, Alan Stewart has been practicing before the United States Patent and Trade Office despite his license being suspended. He filed four patent applications while his license was temporarily suspended for failing to respond to the OLR’s inquiries about his conduct in a separate disciplinary case, according to the agency.
Moreover, Stewart, a 1992 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, continues to be listed as the Wisconsin attorney of record on those applications and has not responded to the OLR’s inquiries about the matter, according to the complaint.
Generally, lawyers may practice before the United States Patent and Trade Office as long as their license is in good standing in at least one state. However, Stewart’s licenses in Minnesota and Kentucky have been administratively suspended since 2013 because he hasn’t paid dues, according to the OLR. Also, the Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended Stewart’s license in April for nine months for refusing to refund clients $12,400 in fees he never earned.
The OLR is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to suspend Stewart’s license for an additional 60 days.