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Don't exclude inside counsel

Inside counsel should presumptively be treated like outside counsel, not like parties. The general legal principle is that inside counsel are lawyer and like outside counsel to be trusted with trade secrets as long as they can show that they act as lawyers and do not have a hybrid business/legal role. The model protective order should reflect that.

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1202 Filing an Appeal

TMBP in HTML with hyperlinks

Surely TTAB has under consideration providing a hyperlinked online browser searchable version of the TBMP rather than the pdf searchable format now present. If not, this should be a top priority item in view of the increasing number of pro se petitioners and respondents in Oppositions and Cancellations. The pdf version is cumbersome even for attorneys such a me. If the MPEP can be provided in such a format, there is no ...more »

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Protective Order Review

Is there a short description of why this review is now initiated? Anything specific TTAB considers needs review, general feeling of quasi-sunsetting standing orders? Else?

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1203 Appeal Briefs

Examples of Appeal Briefs

It would be helpful if the Board provided some links to, or at least citations to, a few briefs that the Board considers good examples of form and organization and compliance with requirements as to form. Three to five samples would do it. One of the best ways to teach is by example! The usual CYA caveats could easily be included.

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Protective Orders and Attorneys' Eyes Only (AEO)

Never been a fan of AEO provisions in protective orders unless parties (not counsel) were willing to affirm the information as a trade secret. The categories of "highly confidential" or "commercially sensitive" information are too vague to be subject to any meaningful analysis and the opportunity to over-designate is too great, and the consequences of this can be very real, preventing clients or third-parties from assisting ...more »

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I have to say that your comment site and procedure are utterly baffling. I have no idea whether I am actually commenting on what I want to comment on. I think that the Standard Protective Order concept is a good one. However, I have several issues based on my experience as both in-house and as outside counsel. If a party to a Board proceeding wants to be represented by in-house counsel that is fine with me. But I ...more »

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I have to say that your comment site and procedure are utterly baffling. I have no idea whether I am actually commenting on what I want to comment on. I think that the Standard Protective Order concept is a good one. However, I have several issues based on my experience as both in-house and as outside counsel. If a party to a Board proceeding wants to be represented by in-house counsel that is fine with me. But I ...more »

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I have to say that your comment site and procedure are utterly baffling. I have no idea whether I am actually commenting on what I want to comment on. I think that the Standard Protective Order concept is a good one. However, I have several issues based on my experience as both in-house and as outside counsel. If a party to a Board proceeding wants to be represented by in-house counsel that is fine with me. But I ...more »

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I have to say that your comment site and procedure are utterly baffling. I have no idea whether I am actually commenting on what I want to comment on. I think that the Standard Protective Order concept is a good one. However, I have several issues based on my experience as both in-house and as outside counsel. If a party to a Board proceeding wants to be represented by in-house counsel that is fine with me. But I ...more »

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I have to say that your comment site and procedure are utterly baffling. I have no idea whether I am actually commenting on what I want to comment on. I think that the Standard Protective Order concept is a good one. However, I have several issues based on my experience as both in-house and as outside counsel. If a party to a Board proceeding wants to be represented by in-house counsel that is fine with me. But I ...more »

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I have to say that your comment site and procedure are utterly baffling. I have no idea whether I am actually commenting on what I want to comment on. I think that the Standard Protective Order concept is a good one. However, I have several issues based on my experience as both in-house and as outside counsel. If a party to a Board proceeding wants to be represented by in-house counsel that is fine with me. But I ...more »

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