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USPTO proposes first TTAB changes for nine years

Michael Loney, New York

The USPTO has suggested 29 pages-worth of changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board practice, including to electronic filing, service and electronic communication, streamlining discovery and pre-trial procedures, and making trials more efficient. A proposal to allow testimony by affidavit has been criticised

The USPTO has proposed to amend the Trademark Rules of Practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). This would be the first update to TTAB rules since 2007.

“Certain amendments are being proposed to reduce the burden on...

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