Potomac Law partner David Boundy is quoted in IPWatchdog "USPTO Rescinds Voluntary CLE Certification Program Following Stakeholder Criticism.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had proposed to require patent attorneys to attend Continuing Legal Education courses--without cross-recognition and coordination with existing state CLE programs. Mr. Boundy assembled coalitions and signatories on letters to the USPTO and to the White House Office of Management and Budget, to point out the USPTO's multiple departures from the laws and procedures an agency must follow for regulations of this type. Since 2008, Mr. Boundy has used the Administrative Procedure Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, and several executive orders to confine regulatory overreach by the USPTO and to quash a number of over-burdensome regulations.
Read the IP Watchdog article.
Read the Federal Register action titled Eliminating Continuing Legal Education Certification and Recognition for Patent Practitioners.