Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED)
Updates to the Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases
The United States Patent and Trademark Office updated the content of the registration examination on January 24, 2014. The updated examination covers all material referred to in the Source Materials, including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA).
For more information about the Registration Exam, including source materials, updates, and fees, click here.
2014 Expansion of the Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is opening the Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program to admit a limited number of additional law schools to commence participation in the upcoming fall 2014 academic semester.
Survey of Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
Pursuant to 37 CFR § 10.11 (now 37 CFR § 11.11(a)(2)), the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) conducted a survey of the active registered practitioners whose registration numbers are between 30,000 and 34,999. The purpose of the survey, which began on January 31, 2013, was to ascertain whether the practitioners wished to remain on the register and/or whether they needed to update their contact information with OED. On May 28, 2013, OED sent a Notice of Noncompliance to practitioners who failed to respond to the survey and gave them 60 days to comply.
On November 5, 2013, OED mailed a Rule to Show Cause requiring the practitioners who failed to respond to the Notice of Noncompliance to show cause why they should not be administratively suspended from practice in patent matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. OED records indicate that no response was received from the following list of practitioners and therefore, they are administratively suspended from practice in patent matters before the USPTO.
USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct
The USPTO has published a final rule implementing the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct (USPTO Rules). This rule replaces the USPTO Code of Professional Responsibility and conforms to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association, versions of which have been adopted by 49 states and the District of Columbia. The new USPTO Rules streamline practitioners’ professional responsibility obligations, making the USPTO obligations align with most practitioners’ state bar requirements. Click here for more information
Law School Clinic Certification Pilot
The Law School Clinic Certification Pilot program allows law students enrolled in a participating law school’s clinic program to practice Intellectual Property Law before the USPTO under the strict guidance of a Law School Faculty Clinic Supervisor. The program currently consists of students practicing in both patent and trademark law before the USPTO. The program is administered by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. The Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline grants the law students limited recognition to practice before the USPTO. Click here for more information
Persons Seeking Registration to Practice Before the USPTO
The following list contains the names of persons seeking registration to practice before the USPTO. Final approval for registration is subject to establishing to the satisfaction of the Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline that the person seeking registration is of good moral character and repute. 37 CFR § 11.7. Accordingly, any information tending to affect the eligibility of any of the following persons on moral, ethical or other grounds should be furnished to the Director of Enrollment and Discipline. Click here for more information
Register of Active Patent Practitioners
For information about disciplined practitioners, search OED Final Decisions in the FOIA Reading Room
Change of Address
As a registered Attorney and Agent, you are required to notify the Director of any changes of address separately from any notice of address change filed in individual patent applications. 37 CFR §11.11(a).
To change your home or business address you must notify OED in writing. You may do this instantly on-line at https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/SignIn.jsp
General Mailing Address:
Mail Stop OED
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
PO Box 1450
Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450