Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED)
Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases will be updated January 2014 to Include First-Inventor-To-File Final Rules, Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012, and Changes to Representation of Others Before the USPTO Rules
The United States Patent and Trademark Office will update the content of the registration examination on January 24, 2014. The updated examination will cover all topics covered by the current examination (given April 2, 2013 through January 21, 2014 – no registration examinations will be given on January 22 or 23, 2014) and will additionally cover the following:
For more information about the Registration Exam, including source materials, updates, and fees, click here.
Survey of Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
Pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 10.11 (now 37 C.F.R. § 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.
As of November 5, 2013, OED has not received any response from the practitioners on the list below. They are hereby given 30 days to Show Cause why they should not be administratively suspended from practice in patent cases before the USPTO. Practitioners on the list below who fail to reply and provide the requested information will be subject to administrative suspension.
A blue Data Sheet may be obtained by contacting OED via mail addressed to: Mail Stop OED, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, or via e-mail addressed to: OED@uspto.gov.
Practitioners who have information that a former colleague, whose name appears on the list below, may be deceased are requested to inform OED.
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. There are two ways to do this. 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