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February 7, 2005 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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USPTO Makes Trademark Application File Available

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) says that now—for the first time via the Internet—anyone can use its Web site ( to review documents in the official trademark application file, including all decisions made by trademark examining attorneys as well as their reasons for making them. The system, known as Trademark Document Retrieval (TDR), offers the public an advanced electronic portal to PDF viewing, downloading, and printing of an array of information and documents for more than 460,000 trademark applications totaling more than 8 million document pages.

As new applications are filed, they will be added to the database. It is expected that more than 300,000 application files will be added annually. Over the next 5 years, the remaining paper files of approximately 1.2 million active trademark registrations will be converted into digital format for TDR access. The TDR system builds on the USPTO's First Action System for Trademarks (FAST), which replaced paper files and is now used by all trademark-examining attorneys to review applications.

Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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