Greetings. I’m Trademark Attorney Josh Gerben and I’d like to talk about what the requirements are to keep your trademark registration valid once the registration has been issued by the U.S. government. There are two things you need to do to maintain your trademark once the registration has been issued.
The first is that you need to keep up with renewals that are due on your trademark. (learn about our trademark renewal services). The first renewal is not due until five years after your registration date. The second renewal is due ten years from the anniversary of the registration. Then you go on an every ten year schedule. Every ten years, thereafter, you would have a renewal due.
The second thing that you need to do is you need to monitor your trademark. Trademark law requires a trademark owner to police the marketplace. You need to ensure that other businesses and individuals do not use your trademark in an unauthorized fashion. If you allow this to go on, what will eventually happen is that you will lose rights in the trademark. So if you go to try to enforce it, somebody could defend your enforcement action by saying that you had failed to police your trademark.
If you have any further questions about the ongoing requirements, please feel free to give me a call.