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New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA)

Professional Responsibility and Practice Before the USPTO

  • 11/18/2020
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • GoToWebinar


34th Annual Pharmaceutical/Chemical Patent Practice Update Webinar SeriesEarn up to 1.0 Ethics CLE for NJ/NY

An overview of several core aspects of legal ethics and practice before the USPTO. The presentation begins by briefly touching on various OED programs and initiatives, and then moves to a description of select regulations governing the USPTO’s disciplinary process and statistics regarding recent disciplinary orders. The presentation concludes with a thorough discussion of select case law relevant to practice before the USPTO in patent and trademark matters with an emphasis on USPTO disciplinary decisions and the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct.

Speaker William Covey, USPTO OED Director
As Deputy General Counsel and Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), Will Covey is responsible for ensuring that the nation’s patent attorneys and agents are of good moral character and sufficiently knowledgeable to practice before the USPTO. Mr. Covey’s team of attorneys and other professionals develop and administer a registration examination designed to measure applicants' knowledge of patent law and practice. Successful applicants are registered to practice by OED. In addition, OED investigates complaints of unethical conduct made against individuals practicing patent or trademark law before the USPTO.

Moderators J. Eric Thies, Merck & Co., Inc. and Suja Vathyam, Botos Churchill IP Law LLP

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Thank You To Our Sponsor

Chemical Practice Co-Chairs J. Eric Thies, Merck & Co., Inc. and Suja Vathyam, Botos Churchill IP Law LLP