Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Summary of TPAC May 7th Public Meeting

Erik Pelton reports here on the May 7th quarterly Public Meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).

As to our favorite tribunal, Erik says this:
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Update from Judge Gerard F. Rodgers, Acting Chief Judge:

* Case load is backed up, primarily because of significant time investment by judges and interlocutory staff toward updating the TBMP.
* TBMP update should be done by the end of the year.
* New filings are down compared to previous years.
* The Board is promoting Accelerated Case Resolution options and would like to add a menu of several “plug-and-play” templates for different needs that may appeal to parties in different situations. TPAC will likely seek public comment in the fall from trademark organizations regarding this menu of templates.


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