Final Pretrial Conference Pilot

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has begun a pilot program for holding Final Pretrial Conferences in certain inter partes (trial) cases to better manage and streamline opposition and cancellation proceedings that proceed to trial.  The goal of the pilot is to save time and resources of parties and the TTAB, and to foster the effective and efficient presentation of evidence.