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04-26-2017
William Giltinan, Carlton Fields, USA
C. Douglas McDonald Jr., Carlton Fields, USA
First published on www.mondaq.com


United States: USPTO Tightens Requirements For Commerci...


William Giltinan, Carlton Fields, USA, C. Douglas McDonald Jr., Carlton Fields, USA, First published on www.mondaq.comOn March 21, 2017, the USPTO implemented changes to its requirements for continued use of trademarks in commerce that will require some trademark owners to provide additional materials and documentation when they renew their registrations. Registrants need to be aware that they may be randomly selected for this program, and understand what will be required of them if they are selected. For a trademark to be federally registered, it must be used in commerce in the United States in connection with all of the goods and services recited in the application. To enforce this requirement, the Trademark Office requires that applicants provide specimens showing the mark being used in connection with actual goods or services. Prior to this recent change, the USPTO has required only one specimen of use in each International Class for which a trademark is registered. For example, if a company sells compact disks (CDs), CD recorders and related products, such as cables, all in International Class 9, the PTO previously  read more