The Basics, Trademark Ownership, Trademark Renewal

What is a Combined Section 8 & 15 Declaration?

As the owner of a registered trademark, you understand that maintaining your registration to preserve the integrity of your intellectual property is a crucial responsibility of that ownership. When your first courtesy reminders from the USPTO begin popping up, they may contain unfamiliar words or phrases—and one of these is likely to be in regards to a “Combined Section 8 & […]

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USPTO Begins New Trademark Renewal Audit Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has enacted a new program that requires some trademark registrants to go beyond the normal requirements of renewing their trademark and prove continued use of the items listed in their trademark applications. The USPTO’s audit program requires trademark registrants and their attorneys to be extra vigilant when renewing their trademarks and ensure that […]

The Basics, Trademark Renewal

Caution: Trademark Renewal Scams

Our law firm received an email recently in which the subject line read “Real? Or not real?”; it was a message from a longtime client inquiring about a letter they had received in the mail. The notice claimed that the client’s trademark was up for renewal and requested substantial payment in order to file it. With its header, domain reference, and […]

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The Benefits of an Incontestable Trademark

The “five year” anniversary of a trademark registration is an important one. Your first renewal is due and, if you have been using the mark consistently, you are now eligible for “incontestability” status on your registration. While the word, “incontestability” elicits the impression of invincibility, this word is somewhat misleading as this status does not provide an absolute shield from […]

The Basics, Trademark Renewal

Should I Hire an Attorney For My Trademark Renewal?

A trademark registration must be renewed periodically by filing documents to prove that you are still using the trademark to offer the goods and/or services listed in your trademark application.  The trademark renewal deadlines are as follows: 1st renewal due: between the 5th and 6th anniversary of your registration date 2nd renewal due: between the 9th and 10th anniversary of your […]

The Basics, Trademark Renewal

U.S. Trademark Renewal Requirements and Deadlines

As a trademark owner, you should ensure you are aware of the renewal requirements on your trademark registration. That you being said, if you are unaware of the renewal deadlines, you’re in luck: starting this year, the United States Patent & Trademark Office will be sending renewal notices to remind trademark owners of these important dates. Why is this such […]

How To's, The Basics, Trademark Renewal, Trademark Renewal

How to Renew a U.S. Trademark Registration

The protections and benefits of a registered U.S. trademark come with a series of responsibilities of ownership. One of your most important responsibilities is to maintain and renew your trademark at the required intervals set by the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Upon the initial registration of your trademark, it is important to make note of the first renewal […]

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Trademark Renewal and Filing Fees are Reduced by USPTO

The cost to register and renew a trademark is going down. As of January 17, 2015, the USPTO is changing the filing fees for trademark applications by lowering (yes, lowering) them by $50. TEAS applications will now cost $275 per class (down from $325), while the less common TEAS Plus application will cost $225 per class (down from $275). The new standard […]

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