American Bar Association
Section of Intellectual Property Law: USPTO Operations Relating to Trademarks and Ex Parte Trademark Practice

Section of Intellectual Property Law:
USPTO Operations Relating to Trademarks and Ex Parte Trademark Practice

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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Committee as we start the 2014-2015 ABA year. This is my first year as chair of the committee, and I know that with your help we can make this a productive and rewarding year. Participating in the ABA and the IPL section committees provides each of us the opportunity to serve and make valuable contributions. I am joined this year by returning vice chair, Natalie Swanson and a new vice-chair, Stephen C. Swift.


Practice before the USPTO with respect to the preparation, filing, and prosecution of trademark applications, the registration of trademarks, and ex parte trademark matters not within the scope of other committees, including:

(1) the administration of the trademark examining operation of the USPTO and its fees and services

(2) ex parte appeals to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and

(3) changes to the TMEP, the TBMP, and the Trademark Rules of Practice.


* Committee Conference Calls - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

We have regularly scheduled conference calls on a committee-wide basis. Please make note of the dates and times, and plan to participate in these discussions. All calls will be from 12- 1pm Eastern Time on the second Tuesday of each month. We may request additional calls from time to time, but this is a good starting point. (Subcommittee Chairs: Please plan to attend these calls and give a brief presentation on the current status of any projects you are undertaking.) Dial-in details and specific agendas will be circulated closer to the scheduled meeting dates.


Ex Parte Practice

Chair: Tracy Deutmeyer

Vice-Chairs: Kris Canaday & Marina Lewis

Policy Monitoring & Emerging Issues

Chair: Eric Perrot

USPTO Trademark Day Planning

Co-Chairs: Tracy Deutmeyer & Kris Canaday

Vice-Chair: Gidget Benitez

USPTO Response

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    The Sound of Music: Legal Issues With Music Festivals


    The Sound of Music: Legal Issues With Music Festivals

    Franchising 101: Fundamentals Boot Camp for the Beginner


    The event will be held on 05/31/2016. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of International Law,Section of Litigation,Section of Intellectual Property Law,Young Lawyers Division. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    4th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Day: Behind the Scenes at the USPTO


    Come and join us for lunch as you will have the opportunity to meet and chat with Managing Attorneys and Supervisory Senior Attorneys from the Trademarks Examining Operation. Learn more and gain valuable insight about the prosecution of trademark applications at the United States Patent and Trademark ...



Kent, Kathryn


Swanson, Natalie
Swift, Stephen

Committee Roster  

Modified by Stephen Swift on September 24, 2015

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