37 CFR Part 11 Index
Representation of Others Before the Patent and Trademark Office

Taken from the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2022, Published February 2023

11 - Representation of Others Before the Patent and Trademark Office

Subpart A - General Provisions

General Information

§11.1: Definitions.

§11.2: Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.

§11.3: Suspension of rules.

Subpart B - Recognition To Practice Before The USPTO

Patents, Trademarks, And Other Non-Patent Law

§11.4: Computing time.

§11.5: Register of attorneys and agents in patent matters; practice before the Office.

§11.6: Registration of attorneys and agents.

§11.7: Requirements for registration.

§11.8: Oath and registration fee.

§11.9: Limited recognition in patent matters.

§11.10: Restrictions on practice in patent matters; former and current Office employees; government employees.

§11.11: Administrative suspension, inactivation, resignation, reinstatement, and revocation.

§11.12: 11.13 - [Reserved]

§11.14: Individuals who may practice before the Office in trademark and other non-patent matters.

§11.15: Refusal to recognize a practitioner.

§11.16: Requirements for admission to the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program.

§11.17: Requirements for participation in the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program.

§11.18: Signature and certificate for correspondence filed in the Office.

Subpart C - Investigations And Disciplinary Proceedings; Jurisdiction, Sanctions, Investigations, And Proceedings

§11.19: Disciplinary jurisdiction; grounds for discipline and for transfer to disability inactive status.

§11.20: Disciplinary sanctions; Transfer to disability inactive status.

§11.21: Warnings.

§11.22: Disciplinary Investigations.

§11.23: Committee on Discipline.

§11.24: Reciprocal discipline.

§11.25: Interim suspension and discipline based upon conviction of committing a serious crime.

§11.26: Settlement.

§11.27: Exclusion on consent.

§11.28: Incapacitated practitioners in a disciplinary proceeding.

§11.29: Reciprocal transfer or initial transfer to disability inactive status.

§11.30: 11.31 - [Reserved]

§11.32: Instituting a disciplinary proceeding.

§11.33: [Reserved]

§11.34: Complaint.

§11.35: Service of complaint.

§11.36: Answer to complaint.

§11.37: [Reserved]

§11.38: Contested case.

§11.39: Hearing officer; responsibilities; review of interlocutory orders; stays.

§11.40: Representative for OED Director or respondent.

§11.41: Filing of papers.

§11.42: Service of papers.

§11.43: Motions before a hearing officer.

§11.44: Hearings.

§11.45: Amendment of pleadings.

§11.46: 11.48 - [Reserved]

§11.49: Burden of proof.

§11.50: Evidence.

§11.51: Depositions.

§11.52: Written discovery.

§11.53: Proposed findings and conclusions; post-hearing memorandum.

§11.54: Initial decision of hearing officer.

§11.55: Appeal to the USPTO Director.

§11.56: Decision of the USPTO Director.

§11.57: Review of final decision of the USPTO Director.

§11.58: Duties of disciplined practitioner or practitioner in disability inactive status.

§11.59: Dissemination of disciplinary and other information.

§11.60: Petition for reinstatement of disciplined practitioner.

§11.61: [Reserved]

§11.62:11.99 - [Reserved]

Subpart D - USPTO Rules Of Professional Conduct

11.100: Reserved

Client-Practitioner Relationship

§11.100: [Reserved]

§11.101: Competence.

§11.102: Scope of representation and allocation of authority between client and practitioner.

§11.103: Diligence.

§11.104: Communication.

§11.105: Fees.

§11.106: Confidentiality of information.

§11.107: Conflict of interest; Current clients.

§11.108: Conflict of interest; Current clients; Specific rules.

§11.109: Duties to former clients.

§11.110: Imputation of conflicts of interest; General rule.

§11.111: Former or current Federal Government employees.

§11.112: Former judge, arbitrator, mediator or other third-party neutral.

§11.113: Organization as client.

§11.114: Client with diminished capacity.

§11.115: Safekeeping property.

§11.116: Declining or terminating representation.

§11.117: Sale of law practice.

§11.118: Duties to prospective client.

§11.119: 11.200 - [Reserved]

Counselor

§11.201: Advisor.

§11.202: [Reserved]

§11.203: Evaluation for use by third persons.

§11.204: Practitioner serving as third-party neutral.

§11.205: 11.300 - [Reserved]

Advocate

§11.301: Meritorious claims and contentions.

§11.302: Expediting proceedings.

§11.303: Candor toward the tribunal.

§11.304: Fairness to opposing party and counsel.

§11.305: Impartiality and decorum of the tribunal.

§11.306: Trial publicity.

§11.307: Practitioner as witness.

§11.308: [Reserved]

§11.309: Advocate in nonadjudicative proceedings.

§11.310: 11.400 - [Reserved]

Transactions With Persons Other Than Clients

§11.401: Truthfulness in statements to others.

§11.402: Communication with person represented by a practitioner.

§11.403: Dealing with unrepresented person.

§11.404: Respect for rights of third persons.

§11.405: 11.500 - [Reserved]

Law Firms And Associations

§11.501: Responsibilities of partners, managers, and supervisory practitioners.

§11.502: Responsibilities of a subordinate practitioner.

§11.503: Responsibilities regarding non-practitioner assistance.

§11.504: Professional independence of a practitioner.

§11.505: Unauthorized practice of law.

§11.506: Restrictions on right to practice.

§11.507: Responsibilities regarding law-related services.

§11.508: 11.700 - [Reserved]

Information About Legal Services

§11.701: Communications concerning a practitioner’s services.

§11.702: Communications concerning a practitioner's services: specific rules.

§11.703: Solicitation of clients.

§11.704: Communication of fields of practice and specialization.

§11.705: Firm names and letterheads.

§11.706: 11.800 - [Reserved]

Maintaining The Integrity Of The Profession

§11.801: Registration, recognition and disciplinary matters.

§11.802: Judicial and legal officials.

§11.803: Reporting professional misconduct.

§11.804: Misconduct.

§11.805: 11.900 - [Reserved]

§11.901: Savings clause.