On August 1, 2007, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released its amended Rules of Practice for inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The amended rules make significant changes to current Board practice. Plaintiffs will now be required to serve complaints on defendants. Parties will have to hold discovery scheduling conferences and exchange initial disclosures pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26. There are many additional changes to the Rules. The majority of these changes become effective November 1, 2007. The Notice of Final Rule Making may be found at: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/sol/notices/72fr42242.pdf. If you would like further information about these changes, please contact a member of the Trademark Group.