The USPTO's Catchall Disciplinary Rules

Law360, New York (December 23, 2009, 9:27 AM EST) -- Every patent agent and any attorney who practices before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, whether as a registered patent attorney or in a representative capacity in any nonpatent case, is subject to the USPTO disciplinary rules. 37 C.F.R. § 10.1(r). Misconduct before the USPTO is defined in USPTO disciplinary rule 37 C.F.R. § 10.23.

In all investigations and disciplinary proceedings against practitioners, the USPTO has cited ethics Rules 37 C.F.R. § 10.23(b)(4), (b)(5) and (b)(6) as having been or possibly having been violated....
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