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USPTO Opens Up Comment Period On Examation Guide For New gTLD’s Trademarks

Posted on the 13 August 2013 by Worldwide @thedomains

The USPTO has just opened up a comment period for an Examination Guide on trademark applications for new gTLD’s.

The comment period closes on September 8th 2013

The examination guide is called “Applications for Marks Comprised of gTLDs for Domain Name Registration or Registry Services,” and the USPTO is looking for “constructive input on examination guides before they are finalized, a draft version of an examination guide on marks comprised of gTLDs is being made available now for comment”.

The purpose of the examination guide, entitled “Applications for Marks Comprised of gTLDs for Domain Name Registration or Registry Services,” is to provide additional guidance to examiners and practitioners in this area, as well as provide examples illustrating the concepts discussed.

You can submit comments on the examination guide using a web-based collaboration tool, which some of you may have already used to comment on the TMEP or other guides.

The tool allows users to post comments on a topic, and view and respond to others’ comments.

In addition, users may vote to indicate agreement or disagreement with a particular comment.  We will use the collaboration webpage to address comments and will take all timely comments into account before issuing a final version of the guide.

Please submit all comments on the examination guide via the online collaboration tool by September 8, 2013.

Instructions for Accessing the Draft Examination Guide Collaboration Website

The draft of the “Applications for Marks Comprised of gTLDs for Domain Name Registration or Registry Services” examination guide can be accessed at http://www.USPTO.gov/trademarks/notices/gTLDExamGuideDraft_8_7_13_public.doc.

This copy of the guide contains hyperlinks in each section, taking you to the website where you can post comments about the guide.

To post comments, you must be registered with, and logged on to, the IdeaScale® collaboration website.

To register, click on the “Register” link in the upper-right corner of the webpage.

You will then be prompted to provide an email address, solve a basic math problem (for spam bot prevention), and agree to the terms of service.  Shortly after completing the registration page, you will receive an email verifying your account and allowing you to create a password.  Once you have created a password, you can access the website.

On the website, you will see a menu on the left side of the screen showing the heading “Marks Comprised of gTLDs.”  Click on the plus symbol next to this heading to expand the menu and display the various sections of the examination guide (e.g., Part I, Part IIA, Part IIB, etc.).…


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