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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Nov 09, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 20/16)
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Comments on Proposed Rule Changes Required

On October 28, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Federal Register notice seeking written comments on proposed changes to the rules for revival of abandoned trademark applications, reinstatement of abandoned applications and cancelled or expired registrations, and other petitions to the Director. The Office proposed the changes "to provide more detailed procedures regarding the deadlines and requirements for petitions to revive an abandoned application" and to "codify USPTO practice regarding requests for reinstatement of applications that were abandoned, and registrations that were cancelled or expired, due to Office error".

The notice stated that these changes should help achieve the Office’s goal of promoting the integrity of the information in the trademark electronic records system by (1) providing an accurate reflection of the status of live applications and registrations, (2) clarifying the time periods in which applications or registrations can be revived or reinstated after abandonment or cancellation, (3) clarifying the deadline for requesting that the Director take action, and (4) facilitating the efficient and consistent handling of such requests.

Written comments must be received by December 27, 2016.

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