Examination guides issued after the publication of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) (October 2018), or any issued before publication but not incorporated into the TMEP, are listed below. Generally, examination guides issued before publication of the October 2018 TMEP have been incorporated into the TMEP.
- Exam Guide 1-19 Examination of Marks for Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Goods and Services after Enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill
- Exam Guide 2-18 Section 2(a)’s Scandalousness Provision While Constitutionality Remains in Question during Period to Petition for Certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court
- Exam Guide 1-17 Section 2(a)’s Disparagement Provision after Matal v. Tam and Examination for Compliance with Section 2(a)’s Scandalousness Provision While Constitutionality Remains in Question
- Exam Guide 1-16 Compliance with Section 2(a)’s Scandalousness and Disparagement Provisions While Constitutionality Remains in Question
- Exam Guide 1-11 (Section 2(a) Deceptiveness for Class 5 Goods)
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