Understanding 37 CFR 11.801: A Lesson in Not Fully Cooperating with OED

37 CFR 11.801 is a regulation that imposes a duty on practitioners to cooperate with the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED).  The regulation is divided into two key provisions that apply to applicants for registration, and those under disciplinary/reinstatement investigation: False Statements: The regulation first proscribes making false statements of material fact.  This is […]

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AI and Patent Law: Can Machines Uphold the Duty of Disclosure under 37 CFR 1.56?

The world of intellectual property law is buzzing with questions and commentary regarding the practicality and ethics of using artificial intelligence to aid the practice of law before the USPTO.  As I addressed in a prior blog post, some of the concerns are much ado about nothing. However, one question previously left unanswered was the

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An IP Lawyer’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence

In the past year, I have seen an increase in questions related to artificial intelligence.  Specifically, patent and trademark lawyers have asked whether it is permissible for those lawyers engaged in practice before the USPTO to use Generative AI.  While I have and continue to present on this topic multiple times, including (here), (here), and

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Received a Request for Information and Evidence from OED – Here is How to Respond

First Contact The envelope comes by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested and stamped as “Personal and Confidential.” Inside is a letter from the USPTO captioned “REQUEST FOR INFORMATION AND EVIDENCE UNDER 37 C.F.R. § 11.22(f).” The letter goes on to read that the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) received information regarding you, and that

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Federal Circuit Issues Opinion Reversing USPTO’s Improper Invalidation of Trademark

On October 18, 2023, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in GREAT CONCEPTS, LLC, v. CHUTTER, INC., reversing the decision of the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  The Court analyzed very crucial point in the progeny of In re Bose— whether alleged fraud on the USPTO that could invalidate a trademark application also applies

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USPTO Announces Requirement for Support Staff to Obtain Identity Verification

On September 5, 2023, the USPTO announced in a Federal Register Notice that all non-attorney support staff would be required, beginning on January 20, 2024, to verify their identity to access the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Application System (“TEAS”).  This follows multiple changes in July 2022 and October 2023 to the USPTO’s Trademark Verified USPTO.gov Account

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What IP Lawyers Should Know About Professional Liability Insurance

Do I Need Coverage? I like to think of insurance as something you hope to never need, but the safety net in case you do.  None of us (hopefully) would drive an automobile without insurance, or worse, risk not having health insurance.  To that end, IP attorneys who provide advice to clients should ensure not

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