Patent and Trademark Office April 4, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice
Document Number: 2016-06672
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'' or ``Office'') proposes to amend the Trademark Rules of Practice (``Trademark Rules'' or ``Rules''), in particular the rules pertinent to practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (``Board''), to benefit the public by providing for more efficiency and clarity in inter partes and ex parte proceedings. Certain amendments are being proposed to reduce the burden on the parties, to conform the rules to current practice, to update references that have changed, to reflect technologic changes, and to ensure the usage of standard, current terminology. The proposed rules will also further strategic objectives of the Office to increase the end-to-end electronic processing.
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