United States Patent and Trademark Office OG Notices: 11 June 2002
Notice of Reprimand A practitioner has been privately reprimanded by the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 32 for engaging in conduct that adversely reflects on his fitness to practice, engaging in conduct the practitioner knew or should have known he or she was not competent to engage in, without properly associating with another practitioner, engaging in conduct that constituted handling a legal matter without adequate preparation under the circumstances, and engaging in conduct that constituted neglecting a legal matter entrusted to the practitioner. JAMES A. TOUPIN1 General Counsel United States Patent and Trademark Office 1On January 31, 2002, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office delegated to the General Counsel the authority under 37 C.F.R. 10.156 to decide appeals from the initial decisions of administrative law judges, and to issue final decisions in proceedings under 35 U.S.C. 32.