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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jul 25, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 14/17)
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New Rule on Revivals, Reinstatements, Petitions

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a final rule titled "Revival of Abandoned Applications, Reinstatement of Abandoned Applications and Cancelled or Expired Registrations, and Petitions to the Director."

The rule has been published in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 29401) and became effective on July 8, 2017.

The changes will permit the USPTO to provide more detailed procedures regarding the deadlines and requirements for requesting revival, reinstatement, or other action by the Director. These rules will thereby ensure that the public has notice of the deadlines and requirements for making such requests, facilitate the efficient and consistent processing of such requests, and promote the integrity of application/registration information in the trademark electronic records system as an accurate reflection of the status of applications and registrations.

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