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prosdog
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Re: can patent atty practice pat law in any state?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 27th, 2007, 11:38am »
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I would think that running a law office still involves compliance with state bar rules, even if your practice is  federally licensed.  IOLTA, ethics, CLE requirements all have to be complied with to keep your state license, which is a prereq for being a patent attorney.
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Re: can patent atty practice pat law in any state?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 27th, 2007, 12:27pm »
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on Dec 27th, 2007, 11:38am, prosdog wrote:
I would think that running a law office still involves compliance with state bar rules, even if your practice is  federally licensed.  IOLTA, ethics, CLE requirements all have to be complied with to keep your state license, which is a prereq for being a patent attorney.

 
I think this is a tiny bit overstated.  Sometimes a state has bar rules and UPL laws setting policies that overstep the state's authority.   In Sperry v. Florida, Sperry had to get a ruling from the Supreme court before he was allowed to practice as a patent agent in Florida.  States sometimes attempt to interfere in the practice of immigration law by out of state attorneys despite federal law to the contrary.
 
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