Roundtable on the implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act

Roundtable -- join us online

This spring, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement provisions of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA).

On March 1, beginning at 1 p.m. ET, we will hold a virtual roundtable to gather public input on issues relating to implementation of the TMA. The roundtable is open to all.

We invite any member of the public to provide comments during a designated portion of the roundtable. Please indicate when registering if you would like to speak. We’ll accommodate as many speakers as possible, but the time allotted to each speaker will depend on the total amount of participants wishing to speak.

To facilitate an efficient discussion, we’ll email registrants a webcast link and agenda one week prior to the roundtable. Registrants who signed up to speak will be notified of their speaking order prior to the event. You can also submit feedback or ask us any questions regarding the TMA by emailing

For questions or information about this event, please email us.

USPTO speakers

  • David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks
  • Amy Cotton, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy
  • Gerard Rogers, Chief Administrative Trademark Judge


1:00 p.m. - Opening Remarks: David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks

1:05 p.m. - Trademark Modernization Act Overview: Amy Cotton, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy

1:15 p.m. - Floor Opens for Public Comments

Speaking Order

  1. Ted Davis
  2. Allison Ricketts
  3. Michael Chiappetta
  4. Eric Perrott
  5. Daniel Kelly
  6. Michael Kelly
  7. Jian Xiao
  8. Thomas Brooke
  9. Nzengha Waseme
  10. Nehal Madhani
  11. Angela Grayson
  12. Steve Baird
  13. Robert Pierce
  14. Christina Mitropoulos
  15. Susan Brozek Scott
  16. Max Cherubin
  17. Janice McLean DeLoatch

2:15 p.m. - Floor Opens for Same-day Requests for Public Comments

2:50 p.m. - Closing Remarks: Gerard Rogers, Chief Administrative Trademark Judge

TMA background information

The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 was signed into law on December 27, 2020, and gives the USPTO and trademark owners additional tools to reduce trademark clutter and better protect the integrity of the U.S trademark register. In particular, the TMA:

  • Codifies procedures that allow third parties to submit evidence during the examination of trademark applications. 
  • Gives the USPTO authority to shorten response deadlines in order to move applications more quickly through the system. 
  • Establishes new registration cancellation mechanisms, namely expungement and reexamination, so that third parties or the USPTO Director may challenge registrations that are not in use as required by the statute. 

Visit our TMA page for more information.