New TBMP Finally Is Available

May 17, 2011, 10:41 AM

While the process has not been quick, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board released this month (May 2011) the Third Edition of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP). The TBMP applies to trademark opposition, cancellation, and concurrent use proceedings pending before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The Third Edition of the TBMP incorporates all case law, statutory changes, and changes to the procedural rules as of November 15, 2010. This means that instead of having to look in multiple places to determine the procedure for motions practice or expert disclosures, for example, the Third Edition incorporates all of the changes and updates to the TBMP in one place. Prior to this May 2011 release, the TBMP was last updated in 2004. Click here to access a copy of the Third Edition of the TBMP. --Kristan B. Burch