Trademark policy

IP Policy and international affairs: Trademark Policy

Trademark policy encompasses a number of areas that are critical to responding to the many trademark-related domestic and international issues that face U.S. rights holders. These include:

  • Domestic trademark policy issues as they relate to international obligations, foreign law and practice, as well as the development of U.S. jurisprudence.
  • Treaty negotiation and monitoring enforcement of trademark-related international treaty provisions.
  • U.S. implementation of and adherence with international treaty obligations relating to trademarks, geographical indications (GIs), well-known marks, and domain names.
  • Technical assistance and training on trademark-related matters to both U.S. and foreign officials.

Some of the key trademark-related international agreements the USPTO helped develop, negotiate, and continues to monitor include the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, the Trademark Law Treaty, and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks.

More information about these treaties, select trademark issues, and international organizations focused on trademark issues is found on the pages linked below. For information about trademark application requirements, filing forms, post registration requirements, and other trademark resources, visit the USPTO’s Trademarks webpage


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