Trademark and Patent Fee Proposed Rule Roundtable – May 2, 2024

The next Office of Advocacy and USPTO Trademark Office Roundtable will be held virtually on May 2, 2024, at 1:00 PM ET on the Microsoft Teams platform. The discussion will first focus on the proposed trademark fee rule and the second half of the roundtable will focus on the patent fee rule. The roundtable’s purpose will be to gather feedback from small entities impacted by these proposed rules.

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


I. Welcome and Introductions
David Mullis, Assistant Chief Counsel, SBA Office of Advocacy
1:00 PM

II. Review Trademark Rule

III. Open Discussion on Trademark Rule

IV. Review Patent Rule
2:00 PM
V. Open Discussion on Patent Rule

VI. Adjourn
3:00 PM

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 Chandler Baxter at 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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