Trademark Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting - February 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015 Executive Session 3:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

TPAC will hold an executive session to have deliberative discussions on potential recommendations as to future budget planning related to TM fees and USPTO operations.  The executive session will also include an ethics briefing for the TPAC members.

Maury Tepper, Chair
Trademark Public Advisory Committee

Arthur Warren, Senior Ethics Counsel, Department of Commerce

Public Session 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

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9:00 - 9:05Introduction and Welcome to New Members (Maury Tepper, Trademark Public Advisory Committee, Chair)
9:05 - 9:15Comments from the Deputy Director (Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the USPTO)
9:15 - 9:25

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

9:25 - 9:35

OCFO Update (Anthony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer)

  • Current financial performance and projections
  • State of Budget Planning Process and issues for FY2015
  • Release of President's Budget for 2016 and process to implement
9:35 - 10:10

Trademark Operations Update (Mary Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks)

  • Performance Statistics
  • Implementation of reduced fees
  • Addition of courtesy email notifications
  • Update on projects and public comments (preserving a use-based register, changes to IDs due to Technology)
  • Outreach and Events
10:10 - 10:25

Policy and International Update (Sharon Marsh and Amy Cotton)

  • IP Attaché Meetings
<<10 Minute Break>>
10:35 - 11:10

TTAB Update (Gerard Rogers, Chief Administrative Judge)

  • Performance statistics (pending cases, timelines, and projections)
  • Results of TTAB roundtable meeting
11:10 - 11:35

OCIO Update (John Owens, Chief Information Officer & Raj Dolas, TMNG Portfolio Manager)

  • Stabilization and separation status
  • Upcoming enhancements (internal and external)
  • TMNG progress update and timeline for completion
11:35 - 11:45

Public Comments

Adjourn Public Meeting

 Next Meeting: Friday, June 5, 2015