Tuesday, January 27, 2015

E-mail Reminders for Trademark Maintenance Filing Deadlines

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will send courtesy e-mail reminders of upcoming post-registration maintenance trademark filing deadlines for §§8 and 71 declarations and §9 renewals to registration owners who (1) provided a valid e-mail address to the USPTO; (2) authorized e-mail communication; and (3) have “live” registrations on the date of sending. The courtesy e-mail reminders will be sent on the first day of the statutory filing period for the maintenance filing (e.g., 5th year anniversary date, 9th year anniversary date, 19th year anniversary date, etc.) to all e-mail addresses of record within the Correspondence and Current Owner(s) Information fields, as indicated in Office records. To ensure receipt of the courtesy e-mail reminders, registration owners are reminded to add the USPTO to their “safe senders list” and/or confirm that their e-mail server will accept e-mail from the USPTO and will not treat it as junk mail or spam. No reminders will be sent by regular mail, and no follow-up e-mails will be attempted for undeliverable e-mails.

For additional information about the courtesy e-mail reminders, including instructions on how to add the USPTO to your “safe senders list,” please visit www.uspto.gov/trademarks/notices/reminder_maintenance_filings.jsp.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Trademarks Next Generation Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (IDM-NG)

Message from the USPTO:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the public debut of the Trademarks Next Generation Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (IDM-NG). The IDM-NG, launched in “beta format”, features basic and advanced searching options, results that are returned in a sortable table and relevance ranking entries that correlate to the requested search criteria.  The IDM-NG will be available in tandem with the long established “legacy” ID Manual. Both systems will continue to be maintained and contain synchronized data.  The USPTO encourages users to compare and contrast the systems and provide feedback and suggestions to TMFeedback@uspto.gov with the subject “TMNG IDM Feedback.” Your input will shape the next phase of evolution in Trademarks Next Generation.

The TMNG-IDM is best viewed in Microsoft® Internet Explorer® Version 9 and higher, but is also accessible in Google® Chrome® browser version 32. Display resolution settings above 900px are recommended for optimal viewing of the search window and results table.

To view the IDM-NG in the beta format please visit: https://tmidm.uspto.gov