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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jun 17, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 12/21)
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Final Rule on Representation of Others Before USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has amended the rules regarding representation of others before the USPTO set forth in 37 C.F.R. part 11 by issuing a final rule effective June 25, 2021.

This rulemaking more closely aligns the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct with the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct. It also improves clarity by revising various deadlines, procedures concerning the registration exam, and provisions for reinstatement. It makes non-substantive changes to improve the readability of various provisions. Finally, the rule adds a show-cause mechanism for those rare instances where registration has been issued based on fraud, mistake, or material misrepresentation.

For more information on the final rule, please click here