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Posts Tagged: "Trademark Public Advisory Committee"

USPTO Publishes Final Rule Codifying Significant Trademark Fee Increases

The USPTO recently published a Final Rule setting new fees for trademark filings and TTAB proceedings, which will be effective January 2, 2021. The last time trademark fees were adjusted was about three years ago. The increases range from modest to fairly substantial. To file an application using the TEAS Plus option, the fee has increased from $225 per class to $250 per class, and the processing fee for failing to meet the TEAS Plus requirements has been reduced from $125 per class to $100 per class. However, the fee for TEAS Standard per class has jumped $75, from $275 to $350, which many trademark owners who commented found unreasonable.

TPAC Leadership Provides Update on Key U.S. Trademark Issues for 2019

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC), a small group of senior industry trademark professionals who provide guidance to USPTO leadership, kicked off the New Year with the first quarterly meeting held on January 25, 2019. The meeting covered a broad range of changes and updates to the Trademark Office’s policies, procedures, and operations. Members Bill Barber and Brian J. Winterfeldt provide an insider look at the top four issues of importance for every intellectual property (IP) owner. Bill Barber, Founding Member of Pirkey Barber PLLC, is serving in his second term on TPAC and is currently its Chair. Brian J. Winterfeldt, Founder and Principal of Winterfeldt IP Group, PLLC, is serving in his first term as a TPAC member.

TPAC Discussions Focus on Office Funding, Government Shutdown & Trademark Legislation

The Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) held its first quarterly meeting of 2019 on January 25… Despite the projection that without a long term solution to the government shutdown funding would run out by mid-April for Trademark Operations, USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison said that the Office was still planning to proceed with hiring new trademark examiners… The first quarter of 2019 and last quarter of 2018 indicated a decline in filings for the first time since FY2010, which could mean that the USPTO’s projection that trademark filings will increase by 6.1% this year is incorrect… In discussing levels of TTAB filings, Rogers noted that the last few years had seen significant increases in the number of oppositions and petitions for cancelling trademarks coming in through the front door of the TTAB’s filing system. While appeals were increasing, they were being outpaced by oppositions and petitions to cancel.

USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC)… Marylee Jenkins, Chair, PPAC: Ms. Jenkins is a partner at Arent Fox, LLP, and heads the New York Office’s Intellectual Property Group.