PTO Announces Updates to TMEP and TBMP

Author: Christie Baty Hudgins

Update of Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure on October 31, 2014

On October 30, 2014, the PTO issued the October 2014 edition of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (“TMEP”). The updated TMEP can be found online at, and highlights of the new edition can be found at

The new edition of the TMEP incorporates and supersedes all prior policies and examination guides, including a comprehensive examination guide on service mark specimens issued in August 2014 (see now TMEP § 1301.04).

Update to the Trademark Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP)

On November 3, 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) announced that the TBMP (2014) is available online in a new, searchable version. See TTAB home page at The TBMP (2014) also remains available in PDF.

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