37 CFR 11.704: Communication of fields of practice and specialization

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

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11.704    Communication of fields of practice and specialization.

  • (a) A practitioner may communicate the fact that the practitioner does or does not practice in particular fields of law.
  • (b) A registered practitioner who is an attorney may use the designation "Patents," "Patent Attorney," "Patent Lawyer," "Registered Patent Attorney," or a substantially similar designation. A registered practitioner who is not an attorney may use the designation ‘"Patents," "Patent Agent," "Registered Patent Agent," or a substantially similar designation. Unless authorized by § 11.14(b), a registered patent agent shall not hold himself or herself out as being qualified or authorized to practice before the Office in trademark matters or before a court.
  • (c) [Reserved]
  • (d) A practitioner shall not state or imply that a practitioner is certified as a specialist in a particular field of law, unless:
    • (1) The practitioner has been certified as a specialist by an organization that has been approved by an appropriate state authority or that has been accredited by the American Bar Association; and
    • (2) The name of the certifying organization is clearly identified in the communication.
  • (e) An individual granted limited recognition under § 11.9 may use the designation "Limited Recognition."
[Added 78 FR 20180, Apr. 3, 2013, effective May 3, 2013]