WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before September 30, 2013. Submission details can be found in the Federal Register Notice posted today.
Currently, there are up to three vacancies on the TPAC that need to be filled. Each committee has nine voting members who are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Secretary of Commerce. Each member serves a three-year term.
"The Committee's input is an essential component to our continuing efforts to support American innovation, support job creation and make U.S. businesses more competitive in the global economy," said Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea.
Along with the USPTO's other public advisory committees, TPAC was created in 1999 through the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act to advise the USPTO Director on the management of trademark operations, including goals, performance, budget, and user fees.
For more information contact, John W. Cabeca, Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, by electronic mail at TPACnominations@uspto.gov; by facsimile at (571) 273-0464; or by mail via Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia, 22313-1450.
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