Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Trademark Blog Reports on Suit to Oust PTO Deputy Director Peterlin

Marty Schwimmer reports at The Trademark Blog on a recently-filed federal lawsuit seeking to oust Margaret J.A. Peterlin from her position as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO. The suit, brought by four patent lawyers and/or inventors, charges that Ms. Peterlin's qualifications and experience do not satisfy the statutory requirement set forth in 35 U.S.C. Section 3(b)(1) that the Deputy Director have "a professional background and experience in patent or trademark law." The complaint was filed on Monday, July 23, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

More commentary by Marty Schwimmer at The Trademark Blog, by Ron Coleman at his Likelihood of Confusion blog, and by Mark Randazza at The Legal Satyricon.


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