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Volume19
Year2010
TitleThe Disciplinary Function of the PTO's Office of General Counsel
Author(s)Laura Heyne
First Page65
AbstractThe functions of the USPTO's Office of General Counsel (OGC) include the regulation of practitioners before the PTO. The Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), a subdivision of the OGC, deals with the enrollment, registration, investigation of alleged misconduct, and discipline of attorneys and patent agents practicing before the PTO. The OED implements Parts 10 and 11 of the PTO's rules ("PTO Regs") which govern "representation of others before the Patent and Trademark Office." The PTO Regs include the PTO's own code of professional responsibility.