LEO: Non-Registered Patent Attorney, LE Op. 388
Non-Registered Patent Attorney — Patent/Professional Corporation.
August 7, 1980
A non-Registered Patent Attorney, who is not a Virginia-licensed attorney, may ethically practice trademark law in Virginia [Sperry v. State of Florida, 373 U.S. 379, 83 S. Ct. 1322 (1963)] and may ethically form either a law corporation or partnership with Virginia attorneys, provided the corporation's or partnership's practice is limited to that before the Patent and Trademark Office. [See II: DR:2-102(D) and Va. Code § 54-42.2.]
Committee Opinion August 7, 1980