New Practice Tip on Section 2(d) and Foreign Entity Designations

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New Practice Tip: Section 2(d) and Foreign Entity Designations

The final version of a new Practice Tip, “Section 2(d) and Foreign Entity Designations: When Different Entity Terminology Identifies the Same Owner,” is now available.

This Practice Tip, created in response to stakeholder feedback, is intended to minimize unnecessary Section 2(d) refusals by clarifying when an examining attorney may presume that an applicant owns a conflicting prior registration or application, despite differences in the terminology used to identify the owner’s entity type in the respective records. 

The USPTO thanks those who provided comments on the draft version of the Practice Tip.