If group legal services are to pervade the field of patent law, and in view of the UMW case and the activities of the unregistered patent practitioners, that I suspect is imminent, the most stringent safeguards should be specifically set forth, including the following: specific approvaland regulation by the Patent Office of the group, its modus operandi,and the patent practitioners participation; and stringent restrictions by the Patent Office of the groups' advertising and promotional activities, both written and outside the group. The Patent Office now has statutory authority to regulate registered practitioners, and some regulation could be accomplished in this way. Further, if the abuses that I suspect begin to occur, attempts to broaden the present statute could be made.


Group Law Practice (Symposium)