By John Nading
Commissioner for Trademarks of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), Deborah Cohn, and Chief Administrative Trademark Judge of the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Gerard Rogers, were keynote speakers last night at a reception at Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C. The event was sponsored by the D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law Section and orchestrated by DLA Piper’s John Nading, co-chair of the Trademark Committee. Commissioner Cohn and Chief Judge Rogers spoke on recent developments at the Trademark Office. Commissioner Cohn highlighted the Office’s advancement to #5 in best places to work at the Federal Government and continuing efforts to make the Office all electronic, including the recent phase-out of paper copies of the Official Gazette. Chief Judge Rogers discussed statistics on case filings, resolutions, and appeals, and promoted Accelerated Case Resolution as a possible alternative for consideration in Board proceedings. Stay tuned as both the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure are being updated on more frequent bases. To participate in the process and/or comment, visit http://uspto-tmep.ideascale.com/. For helpful tips and information on trademark filings generally (or for a refresher), remember to check out the series educational videos, featuring one of the Office’s own star actors/examiners, posted on the USPTO Trademark Information Network’s website at http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/process/TMIN.jsp.