Examination guides issued after the publication of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) (July 2022), or any issued before publication but not incorporated into the TMEP, are listed below. Generally, examination guides issued before publication of the July 2022 TMEP have been incorporated into the TMEP.
- Exam Guide 1-23 Examination for Compliance with Section 2(c) while Constitutionality of Section 2(c) as Applied to Marks that are Critical of Government Officials or Public Figures Remains in Question
- Exam Guide 2-22 Change in Office Action Response Periods for Section 1 and/or Section 44 Application
- Exam Guide 1-19 Examination of Marks for Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Goods and Services after Enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill
- Exam Guide 1-11 (Section 2(a) Deceptiveness for Class 5 Goods)
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