TMEP 206: Effective Filing Date

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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206    Effective Filing Date

The filing date of an application (see TMEP §201) is also the effective filing date, except in the situations described in the subsections below. In these situations, the USPTO does not alter the original filing date in its automated records.

In the situations described below, because the effective filing date will likely be subsequent to the date on which the examining attorney searched USPTO records for conflicting marks, the examining attorney must conduct another search.