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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. 

Final Rule (Federal Register Notice)

Final Rule (doc- Microsoft Word)

ABA and USPTO Rule Comparison Chart (pdf- Adobe Acrobat)

Proposed vs. Final USPTO Rule Comparison Chart (pdf- Adobe Acrobat)

USPTO Press Release

USPTO Director’s Blog

Link to Proposed Rule and Comments 

Speaking Engagements

  • Eighth Annual Georgia State University Corporate Intellectual Property Institute
    Georgia State University, Student Center Building
    44 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
    October 27, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Chason Carroll at ccarroll@muellerwp.com or call (770) 206-4238.
    Click here for presentation slides
  • AIPLA 2014 Annual Meeting
    Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008
    October 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register
    Click here for presentation slides
  • 2014 NAPP Annual Meeting and Conference
    Hilton Alexandria Old Town
    1767 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
    July 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
    Open to Patent Practitioners, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Sarah Gabriel at representative@napp.org.
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  • Ninth Annual Door County Intellectual Property Academy
    Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center
    107 North First Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
    July 18, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.
    Open to members of the Wisconsin State Bar, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Jean Baker at Jean.Baker@quarles.com or call (414) 277-5709.
    Click here for presentation slides
  • Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Spring Ethics CLE Seminar
    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
    1737 King Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-2727
    May 28, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Jonathan Bowser at jon.bowser@bipc.com or call (703) 838-6527.
    Click here for presentation slides
  • 2014 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute
    Sprint Corporation
    6050 Sprint Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66251
    May 2, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Dawn Phoenix at dphoenix@ksbar.org or call (785) 861-8811.
    Click here for presentation slides
  • IPO Education Foundation PTO Day Conference
    Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC
    March 25, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact meetings@ipo.org or call (202) 507-4500.
  • Florida Bar’s 2014 IP Symposium
    Hilton Downtown Tampa
    211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602
    March 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Michael Colitz at Michael.Colitz@gray-robinson.com or call (813) 273-5298.
    Click here for presentation slides
  • 9th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute
    United States Patent and Trademark Office Main Auditorium
    600 Dulany Street, Alexandria VA 22314
    January 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Diana Garcia at dgarcia@law.utexas.edu or call (512) 232-1170.
  • Gulf Coast Patent Association Fall 2013 Meeting
    New Orleans Bio Innovation Center
    1441 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    November 22, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.  
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Kathy Chapman at (617) 459-6487.
  • Utah Bar IP Section CLE Luncheon
    Utah Law & Justice Center
    645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    November 21, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Metra Barton at Metra.Barton@utahbar.org or call (801) 297-7032.
    Click here for presentation slides
  • 2013 Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) Conference
    12633 Resort Drive, Moravia, IA 52571
    October 11, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.  
    Open to the public, all attendees must register
    For general inquiries, contact Ryan Carter at Rncarter@nyemaster.com or call (319) 286-7004
  • 25th Annual IP Fall CLE Weekend Seminar
    Williamsburg Lodge
    310 South England Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
    October 4, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.  
    Open to the public, all attendees must register
    For general inquiries, contact Timothy Lockhart at tlockhart@wilsav.com or call (757) 628-5582
  • 2013 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute
    Minnesota CLE Conference Center
    600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370, Minneapolis, MN 55402
    September 27, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.  
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Minnesota CLE at (800) 759-8840
  • Houston IP Law Association and University of Houston Law Center
    29th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law
    Moody Gardens Hotel
    7 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554
    September 26, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register
    For general inquiries, contact Sindee Bielamowicz at sbielamowicz@central.uh.edu or call (713) 743-2180
    Click here for presentation slides

  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) 2013 Annual Meeting
    Sheraton Boston Hotel
    39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199
    September 17, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register
    For general inquiries, contact IPO at meetings@ipo.org or call (202) 507-4500
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  • The Columbus Intellectual Property Law Association
    The Athletic Club of Columbus
    136 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
    September 12, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. 
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Yimei Hammond at yhammond@ohiopatent.com or call (614) 575-2100
  • 2013 National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) Annual Conference
    “Meet the Regulators” Panel
    Marriott Union Square
    480 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
    August 9, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. PDT
    Open to the public, all attendees must register
  • NYIPLA 2013 Hot Topics in Trademarks, Advertising, Copyrights & Design Patents CLE Seminar  
    The Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
    July 17, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.  
    Open to the public, all attendees must register in advance
    For general inquiries, contact Pina Campagna at pgulla@cdfslaw.com or call (631) 501-5716
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  • Trademark Ethics Lecture  
    USPTO’s New Ethics Rules
    July 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.  
    Open to Government Employees Only
    For general inquiries, contact Katie Trijo at Katie.Trijo@uspto.gov or call (571) 272-8898
  • Law Seminars International  
    “New USPTO Professional Conduct Rules”
    July 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  
    For general inquiries, contact Katy O’Donnell at kodonnell@lawseminars.com or call (708) 280-4837  
  • McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP – Webinar  
    “Harmonization of USPTO Ethical Standards in the Post-AIA Era”
    May 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  
    Open to the public, all attendees must register in advance.
    For general inquiries, contact Andrew Williams at williams@mbhb.com
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago  – Webinar
    May 21, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.  
    Open to the public.
    For general inquiries, contact Daniel Gurfinkel at dgurfinkel@dennemeyer-law.com or call (312) 380-6504
  • Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association (GRIPLA) Meeting – Webinar
    McGuireWoods LLP
    901 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    May 15, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.  
    Open to the public, but CLE credit is restricted to dues paying members.
    For general inquiries, contact Janet Peyton at jpeyton@mcguirewoods.com or call (804) 775-1166
  • Virginia CLE Seminar 
    105 Whitewood Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
    April 4, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.  
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Brian Bill at brian.j.bill@vacle.org or call (434) 951-0054
  • The Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association
    Building 5, Grand Canyon Conference Room
    500 Eldorado Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021
    March 5, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.  
    Open to the public
    For general inquiries, contact Daniel Sherwinter at dsherwinter@mfblaw.com or call (720) 562-5511
  • The Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court Ethics Meeting
    USPTO Madison Auditorium
    February 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    Open to Pauline Newman Inn and George Mason Inn Members and Guests Only
  • Advanced Intellectual Property Law
    Four Seasons Hotel Austin
    98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78701
    February 14, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.  
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Katherine Minardi at kminardi@texasbar.com or call (512) 427-1799
  • Annual Corporate Intellectual Property Law Conference
    Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza Hotel
    350 West Mart Drive, Chicago, IL 60654
    February 13, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Megan Buckley at (312) 644-6762
  • Boston Patent Law Association
    “Ethics Tales, Issues and New Rules: Straight from the OED”
    Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant
    140 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
    February 12, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.  
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, please email kmorgan@sunsteinlaw.com
  • Patent and Trademark Office Day
    Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC
    December 10, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact meetings@ipo.org or call (202) 507-4500
  • University of Notre Dame The Law School
    1100 Eck Hall of Law, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
    December 4, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
    Open to the public
    For more information, please contact Jodi Clifford at Joanne.E.Clifford.20@nd.edu or (574) 631-1148
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    “Intellectual Property and Public Rights of Access: The Evolving 21st Century Balance”
    530 West New York Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 (Wynne Courtroom and Conour Atrium, Inlow Hall)
    November 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For more information, please contact Professor John R. Schaibley at jrschaib@iu.edu or (317) 278-4736
  • University of Washington School of Law
    William H. Gates Hall
    4293 Memorial Way  Seattle, WA 98195
    November 14, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
    Open to the public
    Please RSVP by November 7th, 2012 to annaba@uw.edu or (206) 543-4551
  • Rutgers School of Law – Newark
    123 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102
    November 13, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
    Open to the public
    For more information, please contact Professor John R. Kettle at jkettle@kinoy.rutgers.edu or (973) 353-3257
  • 2012 AIPLA Annual Meeting
    “Most Important Changes Under the AIA – Laws, Rules, and Best Practices”
    2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008
    October 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register
  • Michigan IP Inn of Court
    U.S. Courthouse for the Eastern District of Michigan
    231 West Lafayette, Detroit, Michigan 48226
    October 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
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