I recently made a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the USPTO for comments and communications related to the Trademark Litigation Tactics survey (a.k.a. “trademark bullies” study).  The USPTO’s report, under the law passed last year, was recently due to Congress. To date, neither the USPTO nor Congress has published the study.

With an interest in obtaining as much information as possible about the study and the comments, on January 25, 2011 I submitted the following FOIA request to the USPTO:

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A few weeks back, after paying a copying fee to the USPTO, I got back this a package containing about 300 pages of materials, including the cover letter below from the USPTO FOIA officer:

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Tomorrow, I will post links to the comments which were included in the FOIA package from the USPTO, including those from:

– John A. Clifford (Attorney)

– eBay

– Fancaster

– GoDaddy

– Internet Commerce Association

– Internet Commerce Coalition

– Lara Pearson (Attorney)

– Professor J. Thomas McCarthy

– Rock Art Brewery

– Victor Mosely

– and more

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  1. Can’t wait to hear more details. I was surprised to see the numbers – 1,570 pages worth of material received by USPTO, they are releasing 683 (withholding 887) of which some have been redacted, and sounds like you ended up with only about 300. Makes you curious about the rest of the material that we won’t get to see.

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