Ethics for Patent Attorneys and Patent Agents
Course Demo. No credit provided in demo mode.
Faculty: Steven A Nielsen -
Patent attorneys are bound by their local State Bar Rules and the Code of Conduct contained in Code of Federal Regulations Title 37. Among the many local State Bar Rules addressed by Steve Nielsen are the duties to maintain client secrets, to maintain a client trust account and to address actual and potential conflicts of interest. Mr. Nielsen then walks through the Patent and Trademark Office Code of Professional Responsibility Canons and Disciplinary Rules, distinguishing between them, addressing each Canon and providing guidance on how to avoid disciplinary proceedings resulting from violations. From fee agreements to inventor conflicts of interest, security issues ranging from the basics of locks on file cabinets to encryption, to limiting business relationships with clients, Mr. Nielsen covers the spectrum of the disciplinary minefield. This is truly a program in which the adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" applies.