Ethics for Trademark Attorneys Practicing Before the USPTO
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 90 minutes
1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern
12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain
10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific
On May 3rd, The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) updated their rules of professional conduct that govern practitioners who practice before the USPTO. These new ethics rules are based on the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
This webinar will examine the updated rules and will cover ethical issues unique to the conduct of trademark practitioners and authorized representatives appearing before the USPTO. Speakers will provide an overview of the rules relevant to this area of practice, and discuss best practices for contact with USPTO employees and officials during trademark prosecution and proceedings; the handling of clients’ confidential information (MRPC 1.6, 37 CFR § 11.106); communications with non-represented parties (MRPC 4.3, 37 CFR § 11.403); special signature requirements; and withdrawing from representation of clients before the PTO (MRPC 1.16, 37 CFR § 11.106).
Stephanie H. Bald, Partner, Kelly IP, LLP, Washington, DC
Christina Hieber, Senior Counsel for Trademarks & Enrollment and Discipline Litigation, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA
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