USPTO's New Ethics Rocket Docket For Attorney Discipline

Law360, New York (October 30, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regulates the recognition and ethical conduct of attorneys and patent agents who practice before it. The Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) is charged with administering the rules of admission to practice before the USPTO and ensuring that the conduct of both registered patent attorneys and agents, as well as nonregistered attorneys who practice before the office in nonpatent matters, complies with the USPTO's ethics rules. Significantly, regardless of whether their conduct runs afoul of the ethics rules of any state or federal bar, attorneys who are registered by, or practice before, the USPTO fall within the ethical jurisdiction of the USPTO and its administrative arm, the OED. See 35 U.S.C. § 32....

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