TMEP 401: Processing New Applications

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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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.

See TMEP §§204–204.03 regarding the processing of applications that are not entitled to a filing date and TMEP §702.01 for information on the order of examination.