There is a notice in Tuesday’s (May 16, 2017) Federal Register which may be of interest to some people. The item:
Improving the Accuracy of the Trademark Register: Request for Comments on Possible Streamlined Version of Cancellation Proceedings on Grounds of Abandonment and Nonuse
is issued out of the Patent & Trademark Office (Docket Number PTO-T-2017-0012) and is looking for interested parties to comment on streamlining version of ” the existing inter partes abandonment and nonuse grounds for cancellation before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board”
Here is an excerpt:
SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”)
seeks comments from stakeholders, mark owners, and all those interested
in the maintenance of an accurate U.S. Trademark Register, on the
establishment of a streamlined version of the existing inter partes
abandonment and nonuse grounds for cancellation before the USPTO’s
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”).
DATES: To ensure consideration, comments should be submitted no later
than August 14, 2017.
ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent by electronic mail message over the
Internet addressed to: TTABFRNotices@uspto.gov or to the following
address: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and
Appeal Board, P.O. Box 1451, Alexandria, VA 22313-1451, ATTN: Cynthia
The comments will be available for public inspection via the USPTO
Web site at http://www.uspto.gov. Because comments will be made
available for public inspection, information that the submitter does
not desire to make public, such as an address or phone number, should
not be included in the comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Lynch, Trademark Trial and
Appeal Board, by email at TTABFRNotices@uspto.gov or by telephone at
As part of the USPTO’s ongoing effort to improve the accuracy of
the U.S. Trademark Register, the USPTO has been consulting with
ways to eliminate from the Register registrations for marks that are
not in use. Stakeholders asked the USPTO to consider creating
additional tools to facilitate challenges by interested parties to
registrations for unused marks. The USPTO considered cost and
efficiency, the potential for abuse of any such tools, U.S. treaty
obligations, and the existing legal framework for abandonment, nonuse,
and registration-maintenance requirements.
The USPTO has assessed many options, including making statutory and
regulatory changes, as part of this ongoing effort and has decided to
prioritize proposals for modifying existing regulations at this time.
Accordingly, this Request for Comments addresses an option for a
streamlined version of the existing inter partes abandonment and nonuse
grounds for cancellation before the TTAB (“Streamlined
\1\ If this Streamlined Proceedings proposal is implemented, the
USPTO will have a better sense of whether the proceedings are
effective for their intended purpose and can then evaluate whether
proposals necessitating statutory amendment also would be useful.
The full-text of the notice can be found at the Government Printing Office and searching OR click this link. If you’re searching for it or the link doesn’t work the complete citation is… 82 Fed. Reg. 22517 (May 16, 2017)