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DOC - 368 - Public Advisory Committee for Trademark Affairs - Agency Authority


Committee NamePublic Advisory Committee for Trademark AffairsAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2000Committee Number368
Original Establishment Date9/1/1970Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date3/29/2000Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date5/28/1998Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter5/28/2000Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date5/28/2000Designated Federal Officer First Name*Sharon
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameR.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Marsh
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary's Decision MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*703-308-8910 ext. 45
Effective Date Of Authority*9/1/1970Designated Federal Officer Fax*703 308-9395
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee advises the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the PTO in the administration of the Trademark Act. Usually the Committee reviews proposals prepared by the PTO and then meets to provide the Office with comments and suggestions on the proposals. The Committee considers all aspects of the internal operations of the PTO related to trademarks. In 1999, the Committee provided advice on the proper grade-level for agency attorneys. As a result of the Committee's advice, the Office added a number of GS-14 attorney positions in the Trademark Operation. The Committee also provides private sector input to the PTO in the areas of international and domestic trademark law. For example, in 1999 the Committee provided invaluable advice when the agency was developing new federal rules to simplify the application process and to implement the Trademark Law Treaty Implementation Act. Many of the Committee's suggestions were included in the final rules package that took effect on October 30, 1999.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is composed of 15 intellectual property organizations and state bar organizations from all over the United States. For example, in 1999, the California State Bar, the American Intellectual Property Association and the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association were selected as members.In 1996, the Committee's charter was changed in order to restructure the Committee. It is now a Committee comprised of organizations rather than of individual members. This has provided a broader base of expertise and widened the representative viewpoints on the Committee. The member organizations are selected based on a solicitation in the Federal Register. Of the fifteen members, each continuing member serves staggered three-year terms, with five organizations being selected each year.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Historically, the Committee has met quarterly on average. This group is most relevant and helpful to the PTO. The Public Advisory Committee for Trademark Affairs (PACTA) has made many recommendations which the Office has chosen to implement. For example, in 1982 this group was influential in helping the Office in setting fees as Trademarks became 100% fee-funded. This group provided invaluable advice in implementing the Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988. In 1999, the group provided advice on implementing the Trademark Law Treaty Implementation Act, and on proposals to change the practice regarding public access to pending applications, to change the procedure for the public to file information to be considered by the Examining Attorney in pending applications, and to issue a list of commonly misused registered marks. The members of this group also have been excellent counselors on the Madrid Protocol, and other international issues affecting the Office.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*There are no other single, discrete groups that are able to provide the Office with: the same breadth of experience; the benefit of years of work in all facets of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) field; the different viewpoints that come because this group speaks for a broad range of trademark owners, domestic and foreign; the regional differences reflected among a number of metropolitan areas throughout the USA; the variety of approaches demonstrated by attorneys representing large Intellectual Property firms, small boutique firms, large corporation's in-house counsel, public searchers, academics, paraprofessionals, et al.; attorneys as well as non-attorneys, including those directing the trademark search firms and information vendors.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety* Action Reorganize Priorities* 
Outcome Trust In Government Action Reallocate Resources 
Outcome Major Policy Changes Action Issued New Regulations 
Outcome Advance In Scientific Research Action Proposed Legislation 
Outcome Effective Grant Making Action Approved Grants Or Other Payments 
Outcome Improved Service Delivery Action Other 
Outcome Increased Customer Satisfaction Action Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg Requirements Grants Review* 
Outcome Other Number Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings* Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations* Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer* 
Number Of Recommendations CommentAccess Agency Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented* Access Committee Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA Website 
% of Recs Partially Implemented* Access Publications 
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess Other 
Agency Feedback* Access Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*Narrative Description*
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$29,600.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$29,600.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$3,600.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$3,600.00
Total Costs$33,200.00Est. Total Next FY*$33,200.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.60
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est Cost Remarks
Cost Remarks  
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-019274Public Advisory Committee for Trademark Affairs1999
 COM-020897Public Advisory Committee for Trademark Affairs1998
 COM-021080Public Advisory Committee for Trademark Affairs1997