September 19, 2007

On Tuesday, the USPTO announced that effective January 1, 2008, it will be changing how it distributes bulk data and the way it charges for the data. According to the USPTO, it “will change its distribution model for Trademark bulk data by eliminating all charges for downloadable daily files and reducing the price of retrospective data distributed on optical disc.” Some of the bulk data will be available for free that was previously only available by a subscription will consist of a number of Trademark Data/XML files, including the Trademark Daily Applications file (containing text data of applications filed, published for opposition, registrations issued, registrations renewed, registrations cancelled, registrations amended or corrected, registrations issued new certificates), the Trademark Daily Assignments file (containing text data of ownership transfers), and the Trademark Daily TTAB file (containing text data of Trademark Trial and Appeals Board adversary proceedings). In addition, the Trademark Daily Application Image 24 Hour Box (containing images processed through the Trademark Image Capture and Retrieval System (TICRS) in a 24-hour Period, in JPEG (black and white, grey-scale, or color)) and TIFF (black and white) formats) will be available for free starting January 1st. As mentioned above, optical discs will still be available for a number of Trademark Retrospective/XML files (trademark applications, assignments, and the TTAB files), but the cost will be lower, and the discs may still be purchased at the link below.

USPTO Announcement: LINK
Trademark Retrospective/XML File Website: LINK
Full USPTO 2007 Products & Services Catalog (PDF): LINK

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