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)

Activity Speaker
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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Time Activity
9:00am - 9:05am Introduction 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)

Activity Speaker
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