Ward: All of the negative comments - including mine - not withstanding; this is something you obviously REALLY want to do to pick-up some coin. Then just do it. Why so much discussion? For example, some attorneys "comingle funds" (a different ethical violation) all the time and get away with it. Of course many get caught (at least in NJ and NY) and get disbarred. No big deal, there are plenty of widows out there to swindle - easy pickn's.
You are only risking your rep in the field and a sweet gig with the feds. (Hello! do U read unemployment stats? Guess not) The bucks are obviously more important to you than blatant ethical considereations. So for heaven's sake, as Nike say, JUST DO IT! But please, no tears if you get busted and f-up UR career. Hey, as Plunket of Tamany Hall said. "Corruption? Nah, I just seen my opportunities and I took 'em". If caught, you can always hang drywall. IMO, every post here has given "thumbs down". But you can't resist the $$$ can you? Undersatndable. But as I best read the posts, nobody here has given you a shoulder to lean on (nor IMO should they) if you get busted.
To quote Dirty Harry; "do you fell lucky punk? Well do 'ya?" If you fell lucky just goddamm do it! Man-up, stop this hand wringing, and take UR chances. We all ride our own horse. Go grab for that brass ring. What U afraid of? The posts not withstanding, you have all the answers why U can't be booted-out of USPTO for such activity. Trust UR superior intellect and show OED - or whatever department - why they, as ignorant fools, don't know what you have "discovered" in ethical rules. Bottom line: IMO - and apparently in that of most other posters - UR idea simply flunks the smell test - the best ethical test. That tell U sumfin'? Here endeth my last post in this thread. If you do it, I promise not to rat - but, in return, you promise to let me "wet my beak" a little for my silence, Right?