November 26, 2013

Navigating Ethical Issues in Patent Prosecution


Washington, D.C. partner Mercedes Meyer presented, “Navigating Ethical Issues in Patent Prosecution" at a Business Development Academy (BDA) Webinar on Tuesday, November 26.  

Mercedes reviewed decisions from the USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline between prosecuting patent attorneys and their clients and provided a comparative analysis of prosecutorial requirements and best practices--pre- and post-America Invents Act.

The topics covered in this webinar included: where can the public learn about complaints filed against prosecuting attorneys; the new ethics rules; are warning letters and grievances against prosecuting lawyers published; what is the difference between reciprocal and non-reciprocal decisions; to what extent can conflict checks eliminate ethical quandaries that arise during prosecution; and what changes should be considered with your team in revising our own practices post-AIA?

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