TMEP 808.03(f): Updating Design Coding

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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808.03(f)    Updating Design Coding

Particularly when a description is not included in the initial application, the examining attorney must ensure that the design coding is updated in accordance with the description, where appropriate and necessary.  The examining attorney must ensure the design coding of all significant elements of the mark, specifically those that the examining attorney used in conducting a search.  The examining attorney may update the "Design Code" field by making the appropriate entries in the Trademark database or by sending an e-mail message to the internal TM Design Code Correct mailbox that contains instructions regarding the changes to be made.

If additional codes beyond those searched have been coded for a particular design, deleting the extra codes is unnecessary.