TMEP 818: Application Checklist

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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818    Application Checklist

This section may be used to determine whether materials submitted as a trademark or service mark application are complete, and to ensure that appropriate requirements and refusals are made.  See 37 C.F.R. §2.21 and TMEP §202 regarding the elements that must be received before the USPTO will grant a filing date to an application.

An application for trademark or service mark registration must include the following:

See 15 U.S.C. §§1051(a)(3)(D)   and 1052(d), 37 C.F.R. §2.99, and TMEP §1207.04(d)(i) regarding requirements for applications for concurrent use registration.

See 37 C.F.R. §2.44 and TMEP §§1303.01–1303.01(b)(ii) regarding the requirements for collective trademark and collective service mark applications; 37 C.F.R. §2.44 and TMEP §§1304.02–1304.02(d) regarding collective membership mark applications, and 37 C.F.R. §2.45 and TMEP §§1306.02–1306.02(d) regarding certification mark applications.

The following are substantive grounds for refusal.  Registration may be refused on the ground that:

An applicant may submit a claim and proof of distinctiveness of the mark or a portion of the mark, under §2(f). See 15 U.S.C. §1052(f); TMEP §§1212–1212.10.

A mark that is capable of distinguishing the applicant's goods or services may be registrable on the Supplemental Register, in an application under §1 or §44 of the Trademark Act. See 15 U.S.C. §§1091–1096; TMEP §§815–815.04.

The examining attorney will require a disclaimer of an unregistrable component of an otherwise registrable mark. See 15 U.S.C. §1056; TMEP §§1213–1213.11.