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A new dawn at the TTAB

By Laura Popp-Rosenberg

Extensive rule changes have now come into effect at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board which promise greater efficiency and clarity in proceedings. However, brand owners and IP counsel need to be well versed in the changes to get the most out of them

On January 14 2017 extensive rule changes came into effect at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO stated that the new rules are intended to “provid[e] more efficiency and clarity in inter partes and ex parte proceedings”, including by “reducing the burden on the parties...conforming rules to current practice, and reflecting technologic changes”. The changes are pervasive, affecting virtually every stage of TTAB proceedings.

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