ALERT: Trademark Updates - New Developments at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

    15 May 2008

     May 13, 2008 - Mark Descriptions Required for Non-Standard Character Drawings

    Beginning May 13, 2008, all applications for trademarks that are not in "standard characters" must include a mark description. In the past, the PTO did not require a description for "special form" marks composed of easily recognized letters, numerals, designs, or figurative elements. Now, such descriptions are required.

    New TESS Features – Image Search; Saved Searches

    The PTO recently snuck a few neat upgrades into TESS. "Image List" presents search results in a thumbnail format that shows design images. Another nice feature: search strategies are now saved in a drop-down menu.

    The PTO recently snuck a few neat upgrades into TESS. "Image List" presents search results in a thumbnail format that shows design images. Another nice feature: search strategies are now saved in a drop-down menu.

    PTO Proposal to End Certificate of Mailing Filing Dates

    The PTO recently proposed rules that would eliminate the Certificate of Mailing procedure for all forms available through TEAS, including Responses to Office Actions and Statements of Use. Similar changes are also proposed for the Express Mail procedure. If the proposed rules take effect, filings mailed by the due date would no longer be "timely filed". Instead, paper filings would be considered "timely filed" only when received by the PTO. Consequently, applicants would bear the risk of missing deadlines due to mail delays or PTO errors.

     


     

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