Comments submitted by IPO on 7/16/2014: Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) thanks the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for the opportunity to provide input regarding the Draft Examination Guide for Service Mark Specimens (“Draft Guide”). We agree in large part with the Draft Guide, but have concerns that some of the language that addresses marks associated with both goods and services may result ...more »
Service Mark Specimen Examination Guide
This examination guide reviews the requirements for service mark specimens; discusses issues that frequently arise and explains the relevant potential refusals; addresses the common types of specimens submitted in connection with modern technology-related services; and provides examples. While the guide focuses on service marks for computer technology services in terms of discussion and examples, the stated specimen examination principles generally apply to all service mark specimens. Please leave general comments about the guide in the main section, as opposed to the child "tag" sections.