WASHINGTON – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Kathi Vidal, along with newly sworn-in Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Derrick Brent, today announced new staff additions and promotions to the senior team in the…

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Register to attend this presentation by senior attorneys from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as they discuss developments during the past three months in intellectual property (IP) law in China. This free one-hour program will provide an opportunity for IP attorneys, businesses, inventors, brand owners, and other IP stakeholders to access a…

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The July 2022 version of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) is now available on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) website. The TMEP updates result in efficiencies for examining attorneys, applicants, registrants, and practitioners because it serves as a primary resource for information about the registration process. This revision includes citations…

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The June 2022 update of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP) is now available on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) webpage under “Practice and procedure.” The revision includes precedential citations to legal opinions from the TTAB and the Federal Circuit made between February 28, 2021, and March 4, 2022. The modification…

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In an effort to provide better customer service, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a new Petitions web page and will be moving to the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) as the single point-of-contact for petitions inquiries. Beginning July 1, 2022, the USPTO will route the Petitions Office phone line to the TAC for…

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buying groups

As the buying group purchasing program becomes firmly established, there are some additional steps that can be taken that will further reduce acquisition costs to its membership.

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buying groups Ray Law Firm

THE FOURTH INSTALMENT OF “HARNESSING THE POWER” At the beginning, the group probably feels like the proverbial mosquito in a nudist colony and wondering, “where do I begin.”  A good starting point would be to do an analysis of the purchasing patterns of the group to see where it is.  It would be wise to…

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vendor relationship, legal advice from Ray law firm, leading firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee

THE THIRD INSTALMENT OF “HARNESSING THE POWER” Once a group is poised to deliver its prized purchasing volume to those vendors who are privileged to be selected, it should develop a format to solicit proposals from the vendors.  The group should have its own vendor proposal form that it requires each vendor to complete and…

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In order to win meaningful concessions from the vendor, the group must give them something they don’t already have. They must be able to deliver significant additional volume to them.

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