On Friday, December 3, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable discussion in the Madison Auditorium (Alexandria, Virginia campus) from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and requires no advance registration. The event will also be webcast (see instructions for accessing the webcast, below). At a later point, a taped version of the roundtable will be posted here, for those who can neither attend in person nor view the real-time webcast.
The impetus for the program is to further the discussion within the trademark community concerning the Trademark Operation’s goal of decreasing the use of paper. The USPTO believes that paperless processing is faster, more cost effective, environmentally friendly, and less prone to human error. To this end, the Office seeks to assemble “best practices” for trademark prosecution in the current electronic environment and to obtain feedback on the state of electronic communications with the Trademark Operation.