Issue 71 | April 29, 2003
Mandatory Survey Responses, Trademark ID Manual, and Trademark Address Correction
 Survey of Patent Registration Nos. 33,211 through 39,486

On March 31, 2003, the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") mailed survey letters under 37 C.F.R. 10.11(b) to the active registered practitioners whose registrations numbers are 33,211 through 39,486, inclusive. The names of practitioners failing to reply and give the requested information will be removed from the register and published in the Official Gazette. However, any removed individual may be reinstated on the register as may be appropriate and upon payment of the fee set forth in 37 C.F.R. 1.21(a)(3).

For more information see http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/sol/og/2003/

Requests for Additions to the Trademark ID Manual

The USPTO is inviting interested members of the public to submit, on an ongoing basis, proposed identifications of goods or recitations of services for entry in the Trademark Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual ("the ID Manual").

The invitation follows from the USPTO's consideration of whether to allow trademark applicants to choose between one of several examination options or "tracks," including an expedited or "fast track" option. One requirement of the proposed fast track includes using an identification of goods or services that appears in the ID Manual.

The ID Manual sets forth a list of more than 12,500 acceptable identifications of goods and recitations of services. The Manual is available to applicants as an aid in drafting a suitable identification of goods and/or recitation of services. Additionally, the Manual is used by the USPTO as a guide in the examination of applications. If the identification of goods or recitation of services in an application for registration is drawn from the Manual, it will be accepted by the USPTO.

For more information see http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/sol/og/2003/

Correction to Trademark Correspondence Address

On April 21, 2003 the USPTO published a Final Rule Correction in the Federal Register (68 F.R. 19371) setting forth a new zip code for the trademark-related correspondence address previously reported in the April 1, 2003 Issue No. 63 of this newsletter. Specifically, 37 C.F.R. 1.1(a)(2) has been amended to refer to "22202-3514" rather than "22202-3513" for the zip code on all trademark-related correspondence to the new address.

For more information see http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/sol/notices/

To discuss these issues further, please contact the author, Bill Heinze, at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley.

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