The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is unique among federal agencies in its ability to impose special requirements on applicants. For example, the PTO requires applicants to pass a six hour examination before being admitted to practice patent cases. Indeed, the Supreme Court has held that an individual admitted to practice before the PTO need not comply with state requirements otherwise applicable to those practicing law.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Field, Thomas G. Jr, "Promulgating Requirements for Admission to Prosecute Patent Applications" (1997). Pierce Law Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 33.