Intellectual Property Law

USPTO Delays Implementation of Voluntary Continuing Legal Education Certification Program

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is indefinitely delaying implementation of the voluntary continuing legal education (CLE) certification for registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice before the USPTO in patent matters. The USPTO intends to provide at least 120 days’ notice of any future implementation date for the voluntary CLE certification. In addition, the USPTO will issue final CLE guidelines clarifying the types of courses and activities that qualify for CLE credit closer to any implementation date. 

The full text of the notice is available in the Federal Register and on the Federal Register Notices page on the USPTO website.

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