Examination guides issued subsequent to the publication of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) (April 2017), or any issued prior to publication but not incorporated into the TMEP, are listed below. Generally, examination guides issued prior to the publication of the TMEP April 2017 have been incorporated into the TMEP.
- Exam Guide 02-17 Merely Informational Matter (July 2017) [Word]
- Exam Guide 01-17 Examination Guidance for 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 (June 2017) [Word]
- Exam Guide 01-16 Examination for Compliance with Section 2(a)’s Scandalousness and Disparagement Provisions While Constitutionality Remains in Question (March 2016) [Word]
- Exam Guide 1-11 (Section 2(a) Deceptiveness for Class 5 Goods) (May 2011) [Word]
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