United States Patent and Trademark Office April 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Participation in Settlement Discussions
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'' or ``Office'') is seeking comments from stakeholders about the extent to which the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (``TTAB'' or ``Board'') should become more directly involved in settlement discussions of parties to inter partes proceedings, including oppositions, cancellations and concurrent use cases. The purpose of this notice of inquiry is to determine whether the involvement of an Administrative Trademark Judge (ATJ) or Board Interlocutory Attorney (IA) would be desirable by parties, and if so, how extensively and at what points in proceedings. In addition, to the extent stakeholders voice a preference for assistance in settlement discussions but prefer such assistance to be provided by mediators or individuals other than Board judges and attorneys, it will be useful for the Board to receive suggestions on this option.