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New USPTO Professional Conduct Rules
Overview of the changes and distinctions from the ABA Model Rules



July 10, 2013
Call in from Anywhere!
11-12 am Pacific / 2-3 pm Eastern

Who Should Call In

Attorneys and patent agents that practice or are registered to practice before the USPTO

Why You Should Call In

On May 3, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO" or "Office") Rules of Professional Conduct went into effect to govern the ethical obligations for representing others before the Office. These new rules were based on the ABA Model Rules for Professional Conduct and replaced the USPTO Code of Professional Responsibility, which dated back to 1985. The result was a harmonization of ethical standards, because almost every other U.S. jurisdiction had already adopted some form of the ABA Model Rules.

Although attorney practitioners welcomed the switch, important distinctions remain that are critical to any attorneys appearing before the Office. Additionally, non-lawyer patent practitioners ("patent agents") who have not previously been subject to any version of the ABA Model Rules will need to learn this new set of rules, especially where the requirements may differ from those of the previous USPTO Code.

This one-hour TeleBriefing will include two individuals with unique viewpoints on these newly introduced rules, including the current Deputy General Counsel and Director for Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) at the USPTO, and a leading patent practitioner and regular contributor to the Patent Docs legal blog who has provided extensive commentary on these new rules ever since they were first proposed last year. This program will be of great interest to all attorneys and patent agents that practice or are registered to practice before the USPTO.

What You Will Learn

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Agenda

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

11:00 am

New USPTO Professional Conduct Rules

Introduction & Overview, Practioner's Perspective

Andrew W. Williams, Esq., Moderator, Partner
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP / Chicago, IL

USPTO Perspective

William R. Covey, Esq., Deputy General Counsel and Director for the OED
United States Patent and Trademark Office / Alexandria, VA

 
12:00 pm

Q & A (for up to 30 minutes)

 


Tuition

Individual rate: $150

Group rate: $100 per person attending on the same line

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

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Our Distinguished Panel

Andrew W. Williams, Moderator, is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and focuses his practice on patent litigation, prosecution, and opinion work in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and chemistry. Dr. Williams is also a contributing author to the Patent Docs weblog, a site focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent law.

William R. Covey is the Deputy General Counsel and Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In this role, he manages an office of attorneys, paralegals and support staff which is responsible for registering patent attorneys and agents to practice before the USPTO, overseeing the Law School Clinic Certification Program, and investigating grievances alleging misconduct by practitioners authorized to practice before the USPTO. Additionally, OED has implemented the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct.