1. Are there any plans to move away from the CTMO’s
mandatory list of goods and services, so as to allow more creativity in
drafting of goods/services descriptions within the Nice classification system?
If not, why not?
2. Is the CTMO looking at developing a policy so
as to allow the disclaimer of words/devices in trademark applications, so as to
allow them to be registered, akin to many other countries?
3. It seems that the amended Trademark Law, in
not allowing appeals from negative decisions in opposition cases, is leading to
CTMO examiners to reject opposition cases without providing significant
reasons. Is this an area that is under review?
4. Are CTMO and TRAB planning on introducing an
objection/discussion based examination process, rather than simply moving to
accept/reject, in the future?
are the current timeframes for an application to proceed from filing through to
registration in the CTMO?
6. What are the current timeframes for the TRAB
to deal with appeal cases and invalidation cases?
7. Does CTMO have a plan to address
extensive delays in both substantive and administrative procedures at the CTMO?
For example, what has the CTMO put in place to ensure that extensive
delays such as the 8-month delay in printing registration certificates will not
occur again in the future?
there is unusual delay in a specific case, is there a mechanism for the
applicant or registrant to file a complaint? Is there a mechanism to accelerate or expedite
an administrative procedure, even with an additional charge? If not, is there
consideration to provide such a mechanism?
9. How many examiners are there within CTMO at the present? Within TRAB? Is
this number sufficient given that the CTMO is required to examine well over
2,000,000 applications per year?
do you view the impact of the Jordan and Wechat cases on the CTMO practice?