Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED)
USPTO 2013 Administered Exam
An examination for individuals seeking registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) as patent attorneys and agents will be held July 10, 2013 pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 2(b)(2)(D) and 37 CFR § 11.7. Friday, May 10, 2013 is the deadline for filing applications along with the appropriate application fee and the $450.00 examination fee and all necessary showings required by 37 CFR § 11.7(a) and § 11.7(b). Click here for more information
Notice of Non-Disclosure Agreement
Anyone taking the registration examination is expressly prohibited from disclosing, publishing, reproducing, or transmitting the content, or substantially similar content, of the examination, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, verbal or written, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose. Beginning April 2, 2013, at each test site, every applicant will be required to enter into a non-disclosure agreement as a condition to sitting for the examination. Applicants should expect to encounter the following text on a computer screen at the examination. Click here for more information
Survey of Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
A survey letter will be mailed on or about January 31, 2013, to active registered practitioners whose registration numbers are between 30,000 and 34,999. Enclosed with the survey letter will be a blue Data Sheet, which practitioners must complete and return to OED within forty-five (45) days of the date the survey is mailed. The survey will be mailed to the official address on the roster. This is the last address for which the Director of Enrollment and Discipline received separate notice. See 37 C.F.R § 11.11(a). Practitioners must reply to the survey letter even if the current contact information is correct. Click here for more information.
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.
Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases will be updated again in early April 2013 to Include New Provisions from the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has updated the content of the registration examination on April 2, 2013. The updated examination includes provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) that will take effect March 16, 2013. Specifically, the updated examination will additionally cover the following topics: Derivation Proceedings and First-Inventor-to-File. For further information concerning AIA, please refer to the AIA Implementation web page. Candidates for the registration examination, see Source Materials for the Registration Examination
Law School Clinic Certification Pilot
The Law School Clinic Certification Pilot program allows law students enrolled in a participating law school’s clinic program to practice Intellectual Property Law before the USPTO under the strict guidance of a Law School Faculty Clinic Supervisor. The program currently consists of students practicing in both patent and trademark law before the USPTO. The program is administered by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. The Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline grants the law students limited recognition to practice before the USPTO. Click here for more information.
Persons Seeking Registration to Practice Before the USPTO
The following list contains the names of persons seeking registration to practice before the USPTO. Final approval for registration is subject to establishing to the satisfaction of the Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline that the person seeking registration is of good moral character and repute. 37 CFR § 11.7. Accordingly, any information tending to affect the eligibility of any of the following persons on moral, ethical or other grounds should be furnished to the Director of Enrollment and Discipline. Click here for more information.
Register of Active Patent Practitioners
For information about disciplined practitioners, search OED Final Decisions in the FOIA Reading Room
General Mailing Address:
Mail Stop OED
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
PO Box 1450
Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450