Avoiding Discipline at the USPTO: Recent Developments in Patent and Trademark Ethics

13 Dec , 2023

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Intellectual Property Lawyers are specialists in their own right—because patent and trademark law is quite unique. As such, the ethical issues related to such practice areas is often difficult to understand. This course aims to provide background that IP attorneys can take to ensure their conduct conforms to the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct.

The presenter, Emil J. Ali, is a registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on USPTO ethics and disciplinary matters. The course provides practical advice on how practitioners can spot issues and conform their conduct to best practice and the USPTO’s rules. This course is aimed at experienced IP practitioners who practice before the USPTO.   

The course will cover the USPTO’s regulatory power, as well as what constitutes practice before the USPTO under 37 CFR 11.5.  The presenter will also discuss the supervision requirements for supervising attorneys under 37 CFR 11.501-11.503, conflicts under 11.107-11.109, subject matter conflicts best practices, candor obligations under 37 CFR 11.303 and 11.18, and signature obligations under 37 CFR 1.4 and 2.193.

 

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