The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced it seeks comments on proposed rules to establish a more streamlined version of existing processes at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). The rules would include procedures and timing to facilitate speed and efficiency, including that evidence must be submitted with the pleadings; very limited discovery only when granted by the TTAB for good cause shown; an abbreviated schedule, no oral hearing; and issuance of the TTAB’s decision within an expedited timeframe, the USPTO announced. Public comments are due by August 14, 2017.

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