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|Top of Notices (413) December 27, 2011||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1373 CNOG 2819|
|Trademark Classification and Identification of Goods||Referenced Items (411, 412, 413)|
(413) Request for Suggestions from the Public for Additions to the Trademark Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual, Published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") invites interested members of the public to submit, on an ongoing basis, proposed identifications of goods or recitations of services for entry in the Trademark Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual ("the ID Manual" or "the Manual"). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ari Leifman, Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks, by telephone at (703) 308-8910, extension 155; or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. An application for trademark registration must include, inter alia, a listing of the goods and/or services associated with the mark for which registration is sought. 37 C.F.R. 2.21(a)(4). The ID Manual sets forth a list of more than 12,500 acceptable identifications of goods and recitations of services. The Manual is available to applicants as an aid in drafting a suitable identification of goods and/or recitation of services. Additionally, the Manual is used by the USPTO as a guide in the examination of applications. If the identification of goods or recitation of services in an application for registration is drawn from the Manual, it will be accepted by the USPTO. At some time in the future, the USPTO may amend its rules of practice to allow trademark applicants to choose between one of several examination options or "tracks," including an expedited or "fast" track. Application filing requirements may be specific to particular tracks, and one requirement of the "fast" track may be that in describing the goods or services covered by the application, the applicant must use an identification or recitation that appears in the ID Manual. The ID Manual includes a wide range of entries, and the USPTO frequently updates the Manual to add more entries. Nevertheless, at times, the ID Manual may not include identifications or recitations that describe recently developed goods or services. To enhance the usefulness of the ID Manual, the USPTO will now consider suggestions from the public for identifications or recitations to add to the ID Manual. A party should not suggest an identification or recitation that has been included in an application for registration and was rejected by an Examining Attorney. A party wishing to suggest an addition to the ID Manual should submit the following, via email, to email@example.com: (1) The name of the party submitting the proposed identification of goods or recitation of services; (2) An email address for correspondence pertaining to the proposed identification of goods or recitation of services; and (3) The proposed identification of goods or recitation of services. The proposed identification of goods or recitation of services should be concise and should not exceed twenty-five words. After a proposed identification or recitation is received at the USPTO, it will be reviewed by the Administrator for Trademark Identifications, Classification and Practice ("the Administrator"). The Administrator will determine whether to include the identification or recitation in the Manual. Additionally, the Administrator may elect to enter a modified version of the proposed identification or recitation in the Manual. The Administrator will inform the party that submitted the suggestion whether it is accepted, rejected, or accepted in a modified form. March 8, 2003 LYNNE BERESFORD Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy [1269 TMOG 29]