37 CFR 11.501: Responsibilities of partners, managers, and supervisory practitioners

Taken from the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2015, Last Revised in November 2015

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11.501    Responsibilities of partners, managers, and supervisory practitioners.

  • (a) A practitioner who is a partner in a law firm, and a practitioner who individually or together with other practitioners possesses comparable managerial authority in a law firm, shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the firm has in effect measures giving reasonable assurance that all practitioners in the firm conform to the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • (b) A practitioner having direct supervisory authority over another practitioner shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the other practitioner conforms to the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • (c) A practitioner shall be responsible for another practitioner's violation of the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct if:
    • (1) The practitioner orders or, with knowledge of the specific conduct, ratifies the conduct involved; or
    • (2) The practitioner is a partner or has comparable managerial authority in the law firm in which the other practitioner practices, or has direct supervisory authority over the other practitioner, and knows of the conduct at a time when its consequences can be avoided or mitigated but fails to take reasonable remedial action.
[Added 78 FR 20180, Apr. 3, 2013, effective May 3, 2013]