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USPTO shortened office action response deadlines to go into effect in December

Starting on December 3, 2022, the timeframe for trademark applicants to respond to office actions at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) will be shortened from six months to three months. This change is the result of the implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (“TMA”). You can find more information on the … Continue reading

USPTO adopts new communication and electronic filing requirements

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a new Examination Guide, enacting certain requirements that will go into effect this Saturday, February 15, 2020. Among the new requirements are two important changes. Most significantly, the USPTO will now require all new applications to list an email address for the applicant, even where the … Continue reading

Do not be fooled — Misleading solicitations regarding your trademarks

Misleading trademark solicitations are becoming an epidemic. Trademark owners beware! If you have registered a U.S. federal trademark, you may know that you must periodically make certain filings to maintain or renew your registration. For most post-registration maintenance filings, there is a one-year window in which to make the filing and a six-month grace period … Continue reading
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