Issue 105 | September 10, 2003
Revised TBMP Manual Now Available
 On June 11, 2003, the USPTO updated and reorganized the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's Manual of Procedure (TBMP) to incorporate statutory changes and make it easier to use. This second edition of the TBMP is available only on line at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/ttab/tbmp/index.html.

The manual is devoted primarily to opposition and cancellation proceedings, the two most common types of inter partes proceedings before the Board. Nonetheless, the manual includes a chapter of general information useful for all proceedings and chapters on interference proceedings, concurrent use proceedings, and ex parte appeals to the Board.

The revised guide for practitioners litigating cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) describes current TTAB practice, statutory changes and new rules promulgated since 1995, particularly the 1998 changes to TTAB rules. It also addresses videoconferencing for final hearings, telephone conferences, electronic filing and access to the Board's electronic database via the Internet.

Please feel free to contact the author, Bill Heinze (bill.heinze@tkhr.com) at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley in Atlanta, Georgia USA to discuss these changes, or to suggest other topics for future issues of this newsletter.

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