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