USPTO Proposes Sweeping Changes in Rules of Conduct for Patent Attorneys and Agents

Law360, New York (December 14, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Friday proposed sweeping changes to the rules of conduct governing the 28,000 attorneys and agents who practice before the office.

In a 122-page proposal issued by its Director of Enrollment and Discipline, Harry I. Moatz, the patent office proposed a host of new fees and changes to its registration examination. As expected, the office also proposed requiring registered patent attorneys and agents to take regular tests to certify that they remain competent to practice before the USPTO.

The changes are...
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