Trademark Public Advisory Committee Meeting - July 2012

USPTO Headquarters
Madison South Auditorium
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Thursday July 12, 2012 - Executive Session 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EST)

The TPAC will vote to hold an executive session if one is deemed necessary. Topics discussed during the executive session will be limited to the consideration of personnel, confidential and/or privileged information in preparation for the public meeting.Maury M. Tepper, III, Chair


July 13, 2012 - Public Session 9:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

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9:00am - 9:05amIntroduction and comments (Maury Tepper, Trademark Public Advisory Committee, Chair)
9:05am - 9:20am

CFO Update (Anthony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer)

  • Budget Highlights
  • Allocation of Indirect Costs After AIA (patent fence/trademark fence)
  • Timeline of future planning
9:20am - 9:35am

Legislative Update (Dana Colarulli, Director, Office of Governmental Affairs)

  • Legislative initiatives
  • Pending bills
9:35am - 10:05am

Trademark Operations Update (Deborah Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks)

  • Performance Statistics
  • Outreach Initiatives (Roundtables)
  • Progress on ID Manual
  • Proposals to Improve the Use-Based Register
10:05am - 10:25am

International and Policy Update (Sharon Marsh, Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination)

  • Publication of Final Rule on Post-Registration Specimens
>>10 minute break<<
10:35am - 11:10am

TTAB Update (Gerard Rogers, Chief Administrative Trademark Judge, Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB)

  • New Staff Additions and Responsibilities
  • Vacancies
  • Performance Statistics and Proposals to Address Backlogs
  • Outreach and proposals
11:10am - 11:50am

OCIO Update (John Owens, , Chief Information Officer
Raj Dolas, Portfolio Manager for Trademark Next Generation (TMNG))

  • Rollout of ULPs
  • Architecture Stability of Legacy Programs
  • TMNG Architecture Development Update and Timeline
11:50am - 12:00pm

Public Comments

Adjourn Public Meeting


Friday July 13, 2012 - Executive Session 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Confidential budget discussion, and, if deemed necessary, consideration of personnel and confidential information arising from the public meeting and/or TPAC administrative matters.Maury M. Tepper, III, Chair