Hello blog readers. I imagine readers of this blog have been following the new Examination Guide which was published just this past Thursday February 6, and which will take effect this coming Saturday February 15. According to the Guide, starting on this coming Saturday a trademark applicant, even if represented by an attorney, will be required to disclose his or her personal email address in the US trademark application. The email address will be published in TSDR in the “documents” tab. This will of course get harvested by scammers and spearphishers and worse.
My best guess is that many readers would react to this with the feeling that the Trademark Office needs to mask the email addresses, just like it masks the attorney bar information.
With that in mind, an informal group of trademark practitioners is going to send a letter to the acting Commissioner this coming Tuesday evening. She would find it on her desk on Wednesday morning.
The point of this email is to let you know of the effort. If you would like to join the informal effort, you can. See blog.oppedahl.com/?page_id=5405 .