The USPTO is requesting comments on a possible new streamlined version of a trademark cancellation proceeding designed to enable a third-party to more efficiently challenge a registration based on abandonment or nonuse. See the Federal Register Notice here.

SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) seeks comments from stakeholders, mark owners, and all those interested in the maintenance of an accurate U.S. Trademark Register, on the establishment of a streamlined version of the existing inter partes abandonment and nonuse grounds for cancellation before the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”).
DATES: To ensure consideration, comments should be submitted no later than August 14, 2017.