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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Okt 26, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 19/16)
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Official Trademark Fee Adjustment

The USPTO is amending its rules to set, increase or decrease certain trademark fees, effective January 14, 2017.

USPTO informs that the fee adjustments will allow the Office to recover the aggregate estimated cost of the Trademark and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) operations and USPTO administrative services that support Trademark operations. The rule will further USPTO strategic objectives by:
1.) better aligning fees with the full cost of relevant products and services;
2.) protecting the integrity of the register by incentivizing more timely filing or examination of applications and other filings, and more efficient resolution of appeals and trials;
3.) promoting the efficiency of the process, in large part through lower-cost electronic filing options.

A notice has been issued of the final rulemaking entitled "Trademark Fee Adjustment" in the Federal Register, 81 Fed. Reg. 72694 on October 21, 2016.

For further information on the Trademark fee changes page, please click here