March 22, 2007

Earlier this week, the USPTO announced that it will no longer send trademark office actions to practitioners via e-mail. A new procedure is being implemented whereby e-mail communications that normally would have included the full text of the office action will be replaced with e-mail communications containing direct links to the office action within the USPTO’s Trademark Document Retrieval (TDR) system. According to the USPTO, “[t]his new approach should benefit both applicants and the USPTO,” and it “will eliminate problems stemming from very large e-mails, when, for example, the Office action includes voluminous evidence.” The TDR system, once this new procedure is implemented, will provide 24/7/365 access to office actions and all attachments related thereto, and will allow the user to view and download each document. Links to the USPTO’s two frequently asked questions (FAQ) web pages pertaining to TDR are provided below.

USPTO Announcement: LINK
USPTO TDR System: LINK
USPTO TDR Content FAQ Webpage: LINK
USPTO TDR General FAQ Webpage: LINK

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