TTAB Delays Throw Wrench In Trademark Applicants' Plans

Law360, San Diego (August 9, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT) -- With delays currently plaguing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, more and more trademark applicants are forced into a holding pattern that casts future plans into doubt, attorneys say.

The USPTO figures show a continual increase in the average total pendency of opposition and cancellation proceedings from filing a trial case to issuance of a final decision on the merits. In the first three quarters of this fiscal year, trial cases that have been decided were pending for an average of...
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