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
Practitioner Tools / Forms
Survey of Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
The Office of Enrollment and Discipline periodically conducts a mandatory survey of active registered practitioners pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 11.11. 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.