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Sep 27, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 14/12)
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Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure Updated

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that a new online version of the 8th edition of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) with a new search tool is available. The new version replaces the current online version when the next revision of the TMEP is issued in October 2012.

The new online version is part of a system that will make it easier to revise, update, and publish the TMEP on a more frequent basis to ensure that the latest changes to statutes, rules, procedures, and examining practices are published and available to users.

The new online version features a redesigned user interface and a search system that enables users to conduct highly focused queries using advanced search syntax including Boolean, proximity, and wild-card search capabilities. A “search history” tool allows quick access to a record of searches conducted during a search session. And a flexible interface, whereby users can make various preference changes for browsing the Table of Contents, displaying and viewing search results, and adjusting font sizes and screen setups, makes it easier to navigate across content areas, search results, and viewed documents.