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]
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]