The United States Patent and Trademark Office is now making trademark filings available online. Earlier tools developed by the USPTO permit searching the trademark database and filing trademark forms, but the new system: "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 eight 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 five years, the remaining paper files of approximately 1.2 million active trademark registrations will be converted into digital format for TDR access." The system should prove to be a boon to trademark practitioners and inhouse counsel who focus on intellectual property issues.
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