Amendments to Trademark Rules of Practice

The USPTO has adopted some new rules of practice that will impact the way attorneys can register your business name or logo for trademark or servicemark registration.  The following is a summary of some of the new Amendments: 

1) an application under section 1 or section 44 must be in English to receive a filing date;

2) if more than one good or item is specified within a particular class of goods or services in section 1 (a) application, then only 1 date of use is required (as long as the corresponding good or item is provided); and

3) the filing of an amendment to allege use does not extend the deadline to respond to an Office Action, an appeal to the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (“TTAB”) or a Petition to the Director.    

These and other Amendments will have both a substantive and procedural impact on the registration of a trade or service mark.  For the exact language and additional amendments, please see attached: Amendments to Trademark Practice with USPTO

If you have any additional questions or concerns, then please feel free to contact me.

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