February 1954

SOLICITATION - CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENT - NEWSPAPERS - A classified advertisement in a newspaper directed to inventors stating, "Protect your invention by applying for a patent" giving the name and address of an attorney is improper.

Canon 24.


Would the following advertisement, inserted in the classified section of a newspaper, violate the Canons of Ethics:

"Inventors - Protect your invention by applying for patent.  John Doe, Registered Patent Attorney, 100 Blank Building, EX 1234."?


The members of the committee are unanimously of the opinion that the above advertisement, if inserted in a newspaper by a member of the Bar, would constitute a violation of Canon 24, which prohibits solicitation, direct or indirect.  (10-0)