Practice Tip: Section 2(d) & Foreign Entity Designations
This Practice Tip addresses when an examining attorney may presume that an applicant owns a conflicting prior registration or application, despite differences in the terminology used to identify the owner’s entity type in the respective records.
The problem is that the Examining Attorneys treat Appendix D as the sole and exclusive list of acceptable entities. The examples in Example 4 make clear that "corporation" is equivalent to "joint stock company" or GmbH -- but this should be stated expressly in the Practice Tip, and also at the top of Appendix D. The Appendix should indicate that any type of limited liability corporate entity can be referred to as a "corporation,"... more »
It would be better if the list of corporate entity types that are available to be selected from the drop-down list in TEAS were limited to the corporate entity types that exist in the jurisdiction in which the corporate applicant exists. The list is extremely long at present and you have to scroll down through numerous corporate entity types that are not applicable to find the correct one. So, for example, if the applicant... more »
TMEP Exhibit D is incomplete and should be replaced with a comprehensive source of worldwide corporate entity formation information. For example, Martindale-Hubbell offers a free law digest that provides corporate entity information in virtually all jurisdictions. See https://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/lexis-hub/b/legaltoolbox/archive/2009/09/10/martindale_2d00_hubbell-law-digests-now-available-for-your-free-use.aspx?Redirected=true.... 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.