Issue 98 | August 21, 2003
USPTO Rules to Separate
Patents from Trademarks
 Effective September 12, 2003, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (‘‘Office’’) is amending its Rules of Practice to separate the provisions for patent matters and trademark matters with respect to filing correspondence, requesting copies of documents, payment of fees, and general information. Specifically, the Office is amending its Rules of Practice in Patent Cases to delete all references to trademark matters, and amending its Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to add new rules setting forth provisions for corresponding with and paying fees to the Office in trademark cases, and for requesting copies of trademark documents. The rule changes were published at 68 FR 48286 on August 13, 2003 and are viewable on the Internet at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/

For more information on these changes, please feel free to contact Bill Heinze (billheinze@tkhr.com) at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

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