Aug 15, 2019

Trademark Owners, Watch Out! USPTO Getting Strict on Trademark Specimens

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In order to register a trademark based on use in commerce, or to renew a registration based on a foreign or international registration, trademark owners are required to verify that the mark is in use in U.S. commerce with all goods or services listed in the application or registration. In addition, the mark owner must file proof of use (a “specimen”) that demonstrates use of the mark in commerce in connection with at least one good or service in each International Class. The USPTO has announced that it will be rolling out new regulations in October 2019 that will tighten… Read more

Aug 8, 2017

Increasing Trademark Scams Discussed at USPTO Forum

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Last week, the USPTO and TPAC (the Trademark Public Advisory Committee) hosted a public roundtable entitled “Fraudulent Solicitations to Trademark Owners.”  The roundtable was chaired by Mary Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks; opening remarks were provided by Joseph Matal (currently performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO).  Members of the public were invited to attend and participate in the roundtable.  Speakers included both outside counsel and corporate practitioners and representatives of other organizations, as well as Darlene S. Klinksieck from the Washington, DC office of Smith, Gambrell & Russell,… Read more