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Overview of the OED’s disciplinary enforcement functions and the Patent Pro Bono Program

Original air date: 8.18.21.

This webinar will provide an overview of several core aspects of OED’s disciplinary enforcement functions, including an overview of various OED programs and initiatives that are relevant to legal ethics and practice before the USPTO and a discussion of select regulations governing the USPTO’s disciplinary process and statistics regarding recent disciplinary orders. A discussion of case law relevant to practice before the USPTO in patent and trademark matters with an emphasis on USPTO disciplinary decisions will also be discussed.
The Patent Pro Bono Program portion of the presentation provides a brief overview of the Program including its implementation and growth over the last several years. The presentation highlights the positive impact the Program has had on under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses, volunteer patent practitioners and the USPTO. The presentation concludes with information on how interested patent practitioners can support the Program.

Presented by: Grant Corboy and Timothy Rooney of Office of Enrollment and Discipline and moderated by Rachel Carnaggio of Holland and Hart LLP

Ethics CLE for this session have not been approved by Virginia.


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