Patent and Trademark Office March 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Post Registration (Trademark Processing)
Document Number: E8-6297
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-27
Agency: Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the extension of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Patent Examiner Employment Application (Formerly Patent Examiner Employment Application-Job Application Rating System (JARS))
Document Number: E8-5277
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the revision of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Changes in the Requirement for a Description of the Mark in Trademark Applications
Document Number: E8-5202
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``USPTO'') amends the Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to require a description of the mark in all applications to register a mark not in standard characters. This requirement will facilitate more accurate and comprehensive design coding and pseudo-mark data determinations, and therefore will promote better searchability of marks within the USPTO trademark database. The USPTO will maintain its practice of printing the description of a mark on the certificate of registration only when the USPTO deems the description necessary to clarify what is claimed in the mark.
Applications for Trademark Registration
Document Number: E8-4933
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the extension of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Examination of Patent Applications That Include Claims Containing Alternative Language
Document Number: E8-4744
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) published a notice proposing to revise the rules of practice pertaining to any claim using alternative language to claim two or more independent and distinct inventions (Alternative Claims Notice of Proposed Rule Making). The Office has prepared an initial regulatory flexibility analysis (IRFA) on this proposed change to the rules of practice. This notice publishes the IRFA and requests public comment on the IRFA. This notice also invites public comment on the Alternative Claims Notice of Proposed Rule Making.