Patent Practitioner Certification Revisited

October 9, 2003 Published Work
NYIPLA Bulletin, August/September 2003

The PTO released a sweeping 21st Century Strategic Plan, in 2002, spurring public debate on many of its proposals. The proposed "Periodic Certification for Registered Practitioners" stayed under the radar, however, avoiding comment and debate despite the fact that this proposal might lead to a periodic mandatory exam, a periodic optional exam, or a combination of mandatory and optional exams for patent practitioners.