The following is a summary of the key points discussed at the November 18, 2011 public meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) at the USPTO.
Chair Maury Tepper began the meeting by welcoming two new members and one returning member. Jody Drake returns as a full member of TPAC after filling in for Mary Dennison as an interim member for one meeting. Linda McLeod of Finnegan and Ray Thomas, Jr. of Miles & Stockbridge – both of whom have worked at the USPTO in the past – are new members of the Committee. The meeting covered many topics, including legislative and funding issues, public outreach, performance measures, developments at the TTAB, ICANN’s new Top Level Domains, and “Trademarks Next Generation”: