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The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)amended its rules in order to implement the Trademark Law Treaty Implementation Act of 1998 (TLTIA), Pub. L. No. 105-330, 112 Stat. 3064 (15 U.S.C. �1051). The purpose of the amended rules is to simplify and clarify procedures for registering trademarks and for maintaining registrations. TLTIA implements the Trademark Law Treaty, which is designed to make procedural requirements of different national trademark offices more uniform.

The effective date of the new rules was Oct. 30, 1999. This date applies as follows:

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