Ethical Issues in Patent and Trademark Practice: A Practitioner's Guide to the USPTO'S Proposed New Ethics Rules and Responding to OED Disciplinary Investigations (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 4/30/2016


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the April 2013 webcast, Ethical Issues in Patent and Trademark Practice: A Practitioner’s Guide to the USPTO’S Proposed New Ethics Rules and Responding to OED Disciplinary Investigations.

Topics covered include:

  • Authority of the PTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline.
  • Sources of ethical grievances.
  • Types of conduct investigated by the OED.
  • Background of PTO ethics rules.
  • New Statute of Limitations under the America Invents Act.
  • Overview of proposed new PTO ethics rules
  • Recent developments in OED disciplinary decisions.
  • Best practices for conforming to PTO ethics rules.
  • Do’s and don’ts for practitioners faced with a disciplinary investigation by the OED.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is about to implement the most comprehensive change in its ethics rules in nearly 40 years. This seminar will provide Virginia practitioners who are registered to practice before the USPTO with an overview of the PTO’s proposed new Code of Professional Conduct. It will highlight key changes in the law and how the PTO’s new ethics rules compare with the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

The seminar also will address the Office of Enrollment and Discipline’s role and responsibilities in handling grievances and disciplinary matters against practitioners. Possible ethics impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and recent disciplinary decisions from the OED will be discussed. The session will provide practitioners with tips on best practices for limiting the risk of violating the PTO disciplinary rules, and explain what a practitioner should (and should not) do when being investigated by the OED for possible discipline.


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William R. Covey, Deputy General Counsel and Director for Office of Enrollment and Discipline, United States Patent and Trademark Office / Washington

Lisa A. Dolak, Syracuse University College of Law / Syracuse, New York

Michael E. McCabe Jr., Funk & Bolton, P.A. / Baltimore

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