Super helpful to see that RFI will be withdrawn upon submission of amendment of basis of application to Section 1(b).
First, as fully described in the Background statement published with the Exam Guide, the US PTO correctly notes that two federal agencies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)... more »
Currently, Appendix D treats LTD. as if it is only used in Commonwealth countries, when it is actually used throughout the United States as an indication of a corporation. This should be corrected.
IBM thanks the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) for the opportunity to comment on the Draft Examination Guide on Incapable Informational Matter (1/19/2017). The following comments discuss IBM’s concerns with respect to having informational matter as a separate... more »
As noted by others, saying that the matter "merely  imparts information"... more »
Trademark selection criteria upgrade is now justified in terms of time and clarity of requirements for application approval.
That will automatically drive a simpler process downstream.
The new grounds for refusing trademarks as merely informational can in practice result in denial of the Supplemental Register for merely descriptive trademarks because by definition such descriptive terms provide information about the goods
Based on past roundtables and discussions with the Office, it is IPO’s understanding that the main impetus for... more »