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|Top of Notices (400) December 27, 2011||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1373 CNOG 2661|
|Madrid Protocol||Referenced Items (400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408)|
(400) Change in Practice Regarding Acceptance by USPTO of Bank Checks for Fees Payable to the International Bureau The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has amended its Administrative Instructions concerning Modes of Payment of the fees due to the International Bureau with respect to international registrations issued pursuant to the Madrid Agreement Concerning International Registration of Marks and the Protocol related thereto. The USPTO practice regarding applications filed on paper was previously to forward any banker's checks made payable to the International Bureau (IB) in Swiss francs with the submitted paper documents. As of January 1, 2008, the IB will no longer accept banker's checks as a mode of payment. Therefore, the USPTO's Madrid Processing Unit (MPU) will no longer forward banker's checks submitted in conjunction with documents filed on paper. Any checks submitted will be returned to the sender by the MPU. An information notice regarding the acceptable Modes of Payment is posted on WIPO's website at: http://www.wipo.int/edocs/madrdocs/en/2007/madrid_2007_20.doc The revisions of WIPO's Administrative Instructions supersedes the provisions of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) 5th edition, Sections 1902.02(i) and 1903.02, and any other sections to the extent they are inconsistent with the newly established policies of the International Bureau. Questions regarding this notice should be forwarded to Jennifer Chicoski, Staff Attorney, Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks, by e-mail to Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (571) 273-8943. SHARON R. MARSH Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy [1328 TMOG 199]