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  • E-signature approach has been changed and new related note added to validation page.  For complete details, click new e-signature approach.  
  • New note added on validation page, highlighting that the e-mail address entered on that page is solely for the purpose of receiving acknowledgment that the USPTO received the electronic filing, and is not specifically related to the e-mail address that will be used for correspondence purposes (although it could be the same address).
  • Form navigation buttons made more prominent.
  • Forms (after initial application) will display any “Current Authorized Correspondence E-mail Address” of record in the initial mark display portion of the form, to encourage applicant to check for accuracy.  If not correct or if no entry/authorization is present, applicant must make a correction through the Change of Correspondence Address form or otherwise make new entry/authorization.  NOTE: At a later point, forms will be enhanced to allow the change directly at this location, rather than having to go to the separate Change of Correspondence Address form.
  • Where there are joint owners and an attorney is of record, only one signature will be required for the submission signature.  NOTE: Concerns have been raised that there may be instances where, even though one signature is required, applicant will want to provide more than one (for some foreign entities, for example).  The USPTO will revisit this for a future release.
  • All forms with a mark section have been updated so that the notes for the description of the mark and literal element fields contain more information, to clarify exactly what must be provided in those fields in an attempt to ensure the entry of the appropriate information.
  • For consistency, all forms will now use a CONTNUE button rather than a NEXT button.
  • Strange characters appearing in confirmation e-mails should now be eliminated.
  • All forms have added a BACK button to the xml page accessed from the validation page, to provide easier navigation.
  • For any form where a specimen can be provided, a new link to access the “specimen” video from the Trademark Information Network has been added, to provide clearer instruction on what constitutes an acceptable specimen for goods and for services.
  • In entity section, updated the general partner text to indicate that this is information required only for domestic applicants.
  • If an applicant is a foreign legal entity, the place where incorporated or organized will now be pre-populated in the forms, where appropriate.
  • Added Guinea to the country dropdown menu.
  • Added Hong Kong as a citizenship option in the dropdown menu.
  • Added West Bank and Gaza to country and incorporation dropdown menus.
  • Text for radio buttons to confirm proper signatory authority has been modified slightly concerning references to Canadian attorneys/agents.
  • Forms now ensure that two periods are not displayed (where, for example, in the description of the mark field the form automatically inserts an end period but the filer nonetheless includes a period).
  • Saved portable forms fixed to ensure that new attorney and new correspondence Information is saved correctly.
  • For all forms that allow upload of a PDF file, the dpi setting for the files has been changed to 300 dpi.
  • All forms after the initial application will now work when a mark is not present in the TSDR database (for example, for a sound mark).
  • For any form that could be used when the mark is in a pending or registered status, the form will now allow entry of either a serial number or a registration number.
  • In foreign entity dropdown menu, fixed the entry of kabushiki kaisha (k.k.).
  • For e-mail confirmations, any provided docket/reference number will appear at the beginning of the subject line.
  • Problem fixed where text placed within quotation marks was disappearing at the point of validation.
  • For any form that includes a 2(f) statement, the boilerplate language has been updated to include a specific reference that it is commerce “that the U.S. Congress may lawfully regulate,” to highlight this specific requirement for Madrid filers.  This is linked to the following HELP: U.S. Congress may lawfully regulate: The type of commerce must specifically be such that the U.S. Congress may lawfully regulate it, namely, interstate commerce; territorial commerce (e.g., with Guam or American Samoa); or commerce between the United States and a foreign country.
  • For any form that includes a “meaning or significance” portion for wording, letter(s), or numeral(s) in the mark, the text has been changed to include reference to a term of art: “         ” appearing in the mark means or signifies or is a term of art for “         ”   in the relevant trade or industry or as applied to the goods/services listed in the application.  And, “          ” appearing in the mark has no significance nor is it a term of art in the relevant trade or industry or as applied to the goods/services listed in the application, or any geographical significance.
  • For the declaration signature section of all forms except the Letter of Protest, the NOTE at “Signatory’s Position” has been changed to read as follows: NOTE: Enter the appropriate title or the relationship to the applicant - if an individual, enter "Owner;" if an attorney, enter "Attorney of record,  [specify at least one state] bar member;" if an authorized signatory of a business entity enter, e.g., "President," "Vice President," "General Partner" (if a partnership), or "Principal" (if a limited liability company).  
  • For the Letter of Protest: NOTE: Enter the appropriate title or relationship to the protestor. For example, if a corporate entity, enter position, e.g.,” President;" if an individual, enter "Protestor;" or if representing a protestor, enter "Protestor's attorney." IMPORTANT: Because every letter of protest must include the name and address of the protestor for the USPTO to respond, please include your address in the body of your letter of protest.
  • For any form with a wizard question concerning a newly appearing attorney, if an attorney of record exists yet the question is answered as “Yes,” a new error message will be displayed: ERROR: You may not file this form because the USPTO previously recognized an attorney to prosecute the application on behalf of the applicant and either (1) the USPTO has not granted a withdrawal of the previously appointed attorney; or (2) the applicant has not filed a revocation of the previous power.
  • Updated the instructional language for the handwritten pen-and-ink signature approach, and changed the NOTE that appears on the text form when this approach is used.
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Last Modified: 9/28/2012 11:06:22 AM