Skip to Content

Notice

Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, Seventh Edition

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble

AGENCY:

United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued the seventh edition of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (“TMEP”), and made available archived copies of the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions, on October 15, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

The USPTO prefers that any suggestions for improving the form and content of the TMEP be submitted via electronic mail message to tmtmep@uspto.gov. Written comments may also be submitted by mail addressed to: Commissioner for Trademarks, P.O. Box 1451, Alexandria, VA 22313-1451, marked to the attention of Editor, Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, or by hand delivery to the Trademark Assistance Center, Concourse Level, James Madison Building-East Wing, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia, marked to the attention of Editor, Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure.

Start Further Info

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Catherine P. Cain, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, by electronic mail at: catherine.cain@uspto.gov; or by mail Start Printed Page 69922addressed to: Commissioner for Trademarks, P.O. Box 1451, Alexandria, VA 22313-1451, marked to the attention of Catherine P. Cain.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On October 15, 2010, the USPTO issued the seventh edition of the TMEP, which provides USPTO trademark examining attorneys, trademark applicants, and attorneys and representatives for trademark applicants with a reference on the practices and procedures for prosecution of applications to register marks in the USPTO. The TMEP contains guidelines for examining attorneys and materials in the nature of information and interpretation, and outlines the procedures which examining attorneys are required or authorized to follow in the examination of trademark applications.

The seventh edition incorporates USPTO trademark practice and relevant case law reported prior to September 1, 2010. The policies stated in this revision supersede any previous policies stated in prior editions, examination guides, or any other statement of USPTO policy, to the extent that there is any conflict. The seventh edition may be viewed or downloaded free of charge from the USPTO Web site at http://tess2.uspto.gov/​tmdb/​tmep/​.

The USPTO also made archived copies of the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of the TMEP available on October 15, 2010. Links to these older editions are on the USPTO Web site at http://www.uspto.gov/​trademarks/​resources/​TMEP_​archives.jsp.

Start Signature

Dated: November 5, 2010.

David J. Kappos,

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

End Signature End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. 2010-28810 Filed 11-15-10; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 3510-16-P