Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Recommended Reading: Glenn Gundersen's Annual Report on Trademark Trends

Trademark guru Glenn A. Gundersen has published his annual review of "Trends in Trademarks." (pdf here). His principal comments are aptly summarized by the main heading: "Hard Times for Trademarks: Filings plunge, TTAB docket shrinks."

Glenn A. Gundersen

Glenn observes that "[t]he Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has seen a significant drop in applicants who appeal examining attorneys' refusals to register new marks, as well as a decrease in the number of parties involved in contentious proceedings." He notes that "[t]his means less work for the lawyers who handle appeals and oppositions, but good news for applicants whose applications are being published during the downturn." He does not mention what impact this will have on the TTABlog, if any.


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