Tuesday, December 12, 2006

USPTO announces changes to design search codes


The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced modifications to design search codes, effective in early 2007. "The new design codes will be applied to all new incoming trademark applications and to currently active (live) trademark applications and registrations in USPTO’s automated trademark systems. They will not be applied to inactive (dead) registrations." In many cases designs are split into separate codes, and some symbols that are considered socially negative (drug symbols) do appear acceptable in trademarks or trade dress.

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