New USPTO Professional Conduct Rules

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | July 10, 2013 | TeleBriefing

MBHB Partner Andrew Williams, Ph.D. is the featured moderator for this one-hour program sponsored by Law Seminars International (“LSI”).

Program Overview

On May 3, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO” or “Office”) Rules of Professional Conduct went into effect to govern the ethical obligations for representing others before the Office. These new rules were based on the ABA Model Rules for Professional Conduct and replaced the USPTO Code of Professional Responsibility, which dated back to 1985. The result was a harmonization of ethical standards, because almost every other U.S. jurisdiction had already adopted some form of the ABA Model Rules.

Although attorney practitioners welcomed the switch, important distinctions remain that are critical to any attorneys appearing before the Office. Additionally, non-lawyer patent practitioners (“patent agents”) who have not previously been subject to any version of the ABA Model Rules will need to learn this new set of rules, especially where the requirements may differ from those of the previous USPTO Code.

This one-hour TeleBriefing will include two individuals with unique viewpoints on these newly introduced rules, including the current Deputy General Counsel and Director for Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) at the USPTO, and a leading patent practitioner and regular contributor to the Patent Docs legal blog who has provided extensive commentary on these new rules ever since they were first proposed last year. This program will be of great interest to all attorneys and patent agents that practice or are registered to practice before the USPTO.

What You Will Learn

  • Perspectives on the promulgation of these new rules
  • Practical insights into the new requirements and enforcement
  • Important differences unique to practice before the USPTO


Sponsored by: Law Seminars International

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