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05-31-2017 (Newsletter Issue 10/17)
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Comments on Streamlined Cancellation Procedure Required


The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is exploring the possibility of a streamlined version of trademark cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Streamlined proceedings would enable third parties to more efficiently challenge marks they believe are not in use in commerce.

The streamlined proceedings would:
- Be limited to the grounds of abandonment and nonuse;
- Permit discovery only as to standing;
- Require each party to submit its proof with its pleading; and
- Move on an accelerated schedule.

The comments should be submitted no later than August 14, 2017.

More information can be seen here

Source: www.uspto.gov