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Increased TTAB input in settlements opposed

Karen Bolipata, New York

Four prominent law associations do not recommend increased involvement by the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in settlement proceedings, saying it would result in delayed cases

The letters, now published online, from the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) were written in response to the USPTO’s request for comments in April.

In addition to that inquiry regarding ex parte proceedings, the USPTO asked about the scope of the Board’s involvement and whether it should be formally triggered in specific instances.

In its letter, the IPO said the system as it stands is working as intended. More TTAB involvement...

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