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|Top of Notices (496) December 25, 2012||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1385 CNOG 3749|
|Trademark Trial and Appeal Board||Referenced Items (490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498, 499)|
(496) Standard Form Agreement or Order for Protecting Confidentiality of Information and Documents Disclosed During Proceedings Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Parties involved in inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board often enter into agreements intended to safeguard information and documents viewed as confidential, commercially sensitive or trade secret. Similarly, a party involved in a Board proceeding may move the Board for an order providing that disclosure of such information or documents be conditioned on the receiving party's being obligated to hold the material in confidence and utilize it only for purposes related to the proceeding. The Board, in response to requests from parties involved in its cases, has promulgated standard provisions for protecting such material. Parties may agree to be bound by these provisions, to facilitate the exchange of information and documents. As an alternative, parties may use the standard form as a template upon which to base a more particularized agreement. In cases where the parties do not agree on provisions for protecting confidential, commercially sensitive or trade secret information, the Board may make orders designed to facilitate discovery or trial activities. The standard provisions may be imposed by the Board in appropriate cases. The standard form Agreement or Order is published with this notice and made available to parties for their use. The document will also be made available on the Office's website [www.USPTO.gov/web/menu/tm]; and it will be included in future revisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure [TBMP]. May 23, 2000 J. DAVID SAMS Chief Administrative Trademark Judge Trademark Trial and Appeal Board [1235 TMOG 70]