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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jan 28, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 2/15)
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Changes to Trademark Rules of Practice

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (‘‘Office’’) is revising the Trademark Rules of Practice and the Rules of Practice in Filings Pursuant to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks to benefit the Public by providing greater clarity as to certain requirements relating to

- representation before the Office
- applications for registration
- examination procedures
- amendment of applications
- publication and post publication procedures
- appeals, petitions
- post registration practice
- correspondence in trademark cases
- classification of goods and services
- procedures under the Madrid Protocol

For the most part, the rule changes are intended to codify existing practice.

This rule is effective February 17, 2015.

For more information, please check the announcement and the Rules of Practice.