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Trademark Federal Register Comment Requests

"Deadwood" Proposal

The USPTO seeks public comment on the possibility of amending federal law to shorten by two years the first filing deadline to demonstrate either use or excusable nonuse of a registered trademark. Although any such change would require a legislative amendment of the Trademark Act, and thus is beyond the authority of the agency, the USPTO wishes to collect public comment that might assist in the consideration of such an amendment, or another alternative. The goal would be to remove marks no longer in use, known as “deadwood,” from the register sooner. A request for comments has published in the Federal Register (deadline extended to November 5, 2012) and we invite you to learn more and let us know what you think.

  • Extension of Comment Period for Request for Comments Regarding Amending the First Filing Deadline for Affidavits or Declarations of Use or Excusable Nonuse [TEXT] [PDF] (19Sep2012)
  • Request for Comments Regarding Amending the First Filing Deadline for Affidavits or Declarations of Use or Excusable Nonuse [TEXT] [PDF] (16Aug2012)

 

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