401 Processing New Applications
Upon receipt in the USPTO, trademark applications filed under §1 or §44 of the Trademark Act are given a date of receipt and reviewed for compliance with the minimum requirements for receipt of a filing date ( see TMEP §202). See TMEP §§201 and 1904.01(b) regarding the filing date of applications under §66(a) of the Trademark Act.
If an application meets the minimum filing date requirements of 37 C.F.R. §2.21, it is given a filing date and serial number.