Patent and Trademark Office October 7, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice
Document Number: 2016-23092
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'' or ``Office'') is amending 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 directed to reducing the burden on the parties, to conforming the rules to current practice, to updating references that have changed, to reflecting technologic changes, and to ensuring the usage of standard, current terminology. This final rule also furthers strategic objectives of the Office to increase end-to-end electronic processing.