T.M.E.P. § 1504.01
Jurisdiction of Examining Attorney
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1504.01 Jurisdiction of Examining Attorney
As a general rule, until publication of the mark in the Official Gazette, the examining attorney has jurisdiction over the application and can issue a refusal or a requirement without the approval of the Director. In addition, for applications under §1(b) of the Act, the examining attorney has jurisdiction after issuance of the notice of allowance under §13(b) of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1063(b). 37 C.F.R. 2.84(a).
See TMEP §1504.03 regarding action by the examining attorney after publication, and TMEP §1107 regarding amendment of a §1(b) application during the period between issuance of a notice of allowance and filing of a statement of use.