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Road trip photo journal: great trucking slogans

Posted by ipelton on: January 23rd, 2017

Great slogans and logos surround us all the time.  Here are some great slogans and logos I found on a recent road trip:

  • “Moving You Forward”
  • Delivering Superior Quality Service”
  • From their website: The Eastern Freight Ways “on the ball” motto exemplifies our service record of excellent response time, guaranteed equipment availability and on-time performance.
  • “Helping the world keep promises.”
  • “A flower is worth a thousand words….”
  • “There’s more to Prime. A truckload more.”

Friday marks a US Presidential inauguration, a once every four year event.

There are only a handful of registered trademarks that featuring inauguration words (click marks for USPTO records):

  • INAUGURAL RED – registered for beer
  • PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL CONFERENCE – registered for conferences in the field of American national government
  • Mark Image– registered for  Educational and entertainment services, namely, organizing activities related to the presidential inaugural, and more
  • INAUGURATION STATION – registered for Retail store and on-line retail store services featuring souvenirs and memorabilia
  • Mark Image– registered for collectible coins; Commemorative coins; Monetary coin sets for collecting purposes; Souvenir pressed coins
  • INAUGURATION – Colognes, perfumes and cosmetics; Eau de perfume; Eau de toilette and eau de cologne; Perfumes, aftershaves and colognes.
  • PRESIDENTIAL YOUTH INAUGURAL CONFERENCE – Educational services, namely conducting seminars in the field of American national government
  • WASHINGTON LINK – Registered for Special event and reception planning services; production of special events and entertainment events, namely, galas, educational exhibitions, presidential inauguration parties, award programs, weddings, dinners, receptions, educational conferences and meetings
  • MARDI GRAS PRODUCTIONS – registered for entertainment services, namely, production of balls, galas, inaugurations, and corporate parties; lighting productions; wedding party planning and production.

And a party that has received a lot of media attention in recent weeks:

  • DeploraBall – Arranging and conducting special events for business purposes
Several changes took effect last weekend at the USPTO that will impact trademark users:
FEES: Some trademark processing and service fees were changed effective Jan. 14, 2017. Paper filers will be impacted the most. Ten TTAB fees are changing as well. For full details, see
TTAB RULES: New TTAB rules went into effect as well. The rules impact service of pleadings, timing of various parts of the process, methods for introducing testimony, and more. For more details, see:
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TPAC Meeting Summary – January 2015

Posted by ipelton on: January 16th, 2017

On Friday, the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) met at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA.  The handouts/slides from the meeting are at the bottom of the post. Below is a summary of the key points discussed at the meeting:

The Friday meeting marked the first meeting for two new members, Eileen Tannen and Brian Winterfeld. For their bios, see TPAC page here.

Legislative Update – Dana Robert Colarulli (Director, Office of Governmental Affairs)

  • The 115th Congress just began, and it is difficult to predict legislation for now.
  • The current budget “Continuing Resolution” runs through April 28, 2017. It is quite possible that the rest of the fiscal year will also be via a continuing resolution.
  • The USPTO provided testimony on December 7, 2016, in a hearing on”Time and Attendance Abuse at the USPTO.”


International Policy – Amy Cotton

  • Ms. Cotton provided a ‘tour’ of the USPTO’s work in South America, including their work on issues such as
    • Chile food labeling law.
    • Geographic indicator issues in several counties.
    • Establishing contact with the Cuban intellectual property office.
    • Brazil’s plans to join the Madrid Protocol.

Trademark Operations – Commissioner Mary Boney Dennison

  • Trademark filings in FY2016 represented 530,270 classes.
  • For FY2017, the USPTO in projecting filings to increase 7.5 percent.
  • There are 517 Examining Attorneys, with an additional 44 starting in January.
  • 77% of Examining Attorneys telework.
  • The telework act is set to expire at the end of 2017; USPTO is making contingency plans in case it is not renewed.
  • Customer experience improvements are being implemented following report from Deloitte, including the hiring of two plain language writers, and a Chief Customer Experience Officer.
  • 99.7% of application filings are made electronically.
  • 85.6% of applications are handled entirely electronically end-to-end.
  • Trademark fee changes went into effect on January 14, 2017.
  • The USPTO’s pilot program to permit some post-registration identification changes based on technology changes has received 97 petitions since September 2015.
  • USPTO hopes that a final rule-making regarding the “deadwood” proof of use will be published before January 20th. If it is not published this week, it may get held up in the change of administrations.
  • Revised declaration formatting will be displayed on electric filings.
  • USPTO continues to work on possible expedited cancellation proceedings based on non-use.
  • The Commissioner noted that the USPTO continues to take steps to attempt to warn users about and crack down on scams targeting trademark applicants and registrants.

USPTO Budge Update – Tony Scardino (Chief Financial Officer)

  • Not a lot to report given the time of year and the change in administrations this month.

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board – Chief Administrative Trademark Judge Gerard Rogers

  • Judge Ellen J. Seeherman retired in December.
  • Robert H. Coggins is the newest TTAB judge.
  • TTAB filings increased last year, and additional increases projected for FY2017.
  • New TTAB rules went into effect on January 14, 2017.
    • TTAB Slide summarizing changes here.
    • Complete Federal Register notice here.
    • January 2017 TBMP Revision here.
  • Judge Rogers indicated that the Rules revisions may lead to fewer ACR cases since some ACR features are now incorporated in the rules for all cases.

OCIO / TMNG Update  John Owens and Rob Harris

  • The rollout of new Examiner computer systems is ongoing.
  • eFiling enhancements are not expected until the end of FY2018
    • No mention was made of improvements to T.E.S.S. or mobile formatting of USPTO web trademark systems.

The next TPAC meeting is scheduled for May 5, 2017.


USPTO Trademark Public Advisory Committee slide – January 13, 2017 by erik5733 on Scribd

Recently, I received a new trademark solicitation regarding a trademark registration renewal. The company calls itself “Patent & Trademark Office” with an address in New York, NY. See the image of their mailing that I scanned below.

The document could easily be mistaken as coming from the government – the “Patent & Trademark Office” name, the look and feel of the document, and the official looking bar code. 

As a result of their use of the name “Patent & Trademark Office,” this solicitation is striking. On top of that, the services offered and the costs indicated are questionable.

Their “fee” of $1690 is not cheap. And it is not clear what services they provide? Is this a Section 8 renewal, or 8 and 15? Do they provided legal advice about which renewal is appropriate, and whether the mark is in use or in use for all the goods and services in the registration? Are they attorneys and members of the bar?

Note that when I last blogged about this offer, 16 months ago, the fee was $975.

If this was a legitimate service at a reasonable value, why would they mask who they are, and why would they choose the clearly deceptive name of “Patent & Trademark Office”? Why would their address have moved from “555 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor” to “299 Park Avenue, 6th Floor” in New York? Note that the address appears to be a rented Regus office space.

Their website appears to be, but the domain was not working when I checked it this week.

Beware of such scams. Read the fine print. Contact your attorney. Report scams to the FTC and USPTO.

For more information, see: