Trademark Processing Delays Roundtable – January 17, 2024

Trademark Processing Delays Roundtable 

January 17, 2024 

1:00pm – 3:00pm ET 

Microsoft Teams Webinar 

The next Office of Advocacy and USPTO Trademark Office Roundtable will be held virtually on January 17, 2024, at 1 PM ET on the Microsoft Teams platform. The discussion will focus on trademark processing delays with a presentation from USPTO representatives. The roundtable’s purpose will be to gather feedback from small entities impacted by these delays. USPTO representatives will be presenting and listening in on the roundtable, however, they will not provide comments or feedback. 

To register for this roundtable, complete the online form via Microsoft Virtual Events to receive a Microsoft Temas link.  


I. Welcome and USPTO backlog introduction 

David Mullis, Assistant Chief Counsel, SBA Office of Advocacy
Robert Press, Regulatory Economist, SBA Office of Advocacy

II. Presentation from representatives of USPTO  

Dan Vavonese, Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations 
Angela Wilson, Group Director, Trademark Law Offices 
Jack Fleming, Chief Communications Officer 
Cara Duckworth, Chief Corporate Communications Officer 
Jim Moore, Office of Governmental Affairs

III. Open Discussion

IV. Adjourn (3pm)

 * SBA Advocacy is an independent government office responsible for advancing the views of small businesses in the regulatory policy across the federal government. We conduct roundtables to hear the experiences, challenges, and recommendations of small businesses, and identify alternative approaches for policy development at federal regulatory agencies. Our roundtables are largely held online, to facilitate the attendance of stakeholders from a diverse range of backgrounds, industries, and geographic regions.  

** Roundtable meetings are open to all interested persons and are intended to facilitate an open and frank discussion about issues of interest to small business. These meetings are off the record and not intended for press purposes. Direct quotations of presenters or attendees may not be used without direct written approval of the person(s) making the statement. All press inquiries should be sent to Agendas and presentations are available to all. If you need accommodations for a disability to participate in the roundtable, please contact David Mullis for assistance. 

Should you have any questions or require further information, please contact Assistant Chief Counsel David Mullis at 

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