- Ethics Information
- Practitioner Tools
- Survey of Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
- Lack of Response to Survey by Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
- Register of Active Practitioners (Patent Attorneys and Agents)
- Practitioners Currently Not Required to Pay $118 Annual Practitioner Maintenance Fee
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.
Current Ethics Rules
Acknowledgment of Receipt by OED
Individuals who wish to receive an acknowledgment of the receipt of documents mailed to OED should include a self-addressed, postage-paid postcard to be used for this purpose. The postcard should be addressed to you and identify each type of paper filed. OED will stamp the receipt date on the post card and place it in the outgoing mail to you.
Survey of Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
The Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) is conducting a survey of active registered practitioners pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 10.11. The purpose of the survey is to ascertain whether the practitioners desire to remain on the register. The United States Patent and Trademark Office benefits from the survey by obtaining confirmation that OED's records regarding each practitioner's address and telephone number are correct, or by receiving updated information. Practitioners must reply to the survey letter even if the current contact information is correct. Click here for more information.
Lack of Response to Survey by Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
Pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 10.11, the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) conducted a survey of the active registered practitioners whose registrations numbers are below 25,000. The purpose of the survey, begun on July 31, 2012, was to ascertain whether these practitioners wish to remain on the register. OED received numerous responses. Most practitioners responding to the survey provided information that enabled OED to confirm and update records regarding the responding practitioner’s address and telephone number. Other practitioners requested removal of their names from the register of attorneys and agents. As of December 12, 2012, OED did not receive any response or communication from over 900 practitioners. Click here for more information.
Practitioners Currently Not Required to Pay $118 Annual Practitioner Maintenance Fee
At this time, the USPTO is not collecting the annual practitioner maintenance fee set forth in 37 C.F.R. § 1.21(a)(7).