U.S. Trademark Law: Rules of Practice & Federal Statute

A complete presentation of 37 C.F.R. Part 2- Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases; the text of the Trademark Act of 1946, as amended, and related statutory sections. [Electronic Version]  [PDF]

The text of the Trademark Act of 1946, as amended, and related statutory sections.  [PDF]

Prior editions of 37 C.F.R. Part 2 - Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases; the text of the Trademark Act of 1946, as amended.

 

Proposed Rules

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Changes to the Trademark Rules of Practice To Mandate Electronic Filing, 24701-24714 [2018-11353] [TEXT] [PDF] (30May2018)
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Related to Removal of Rules Governing Trademark Interferences, 48469-48472 [2017- 22394] [TEXT] [PDF] (18Oct2017)​ ​
  • Revival of Abandoned Applications, Reinstatement of Abandoned Applications and Cancelled or Expired Registrations, and Petitions to the Director, 74997-75005 [2016-26035] [TEXT] [PDF] (28Oct2016)
  • Changes in Requirements for Affidavits or Declarations of Use, Continued Use, or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases, 40589 - 40594 [2016 - 14791] [TEXT](link is external)  [PDF](link is external) (22June2016)
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Relating toTrademark Fee Adjustment, 33619–33632 [2016–12571] [TEXT] (link is external) [PDF] (link is external) (27May2016)
  • Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice, 19325–19352 [2016-06672][TEXT](link is external) [PDF](link is external) (04March2016)
  • Trademark Applications and Renewals; Reduction of Fees, 26664–26669 [2014–10730] [TEXT] [PDF] (09May2014)
  • Changes in Requirements for Collective Trademarks and Service Marks, Collective Membership Marks, and Certification Marks [TEXT] [PDF] (20Feb2014)
  • Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Rules of Practice and the Rules of Practice in Filings Pursuant to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks [2014–01126] [TEXT] [PDF] (23Jan2014)

 

Recent Final Rules

  • Removal of Rules Governing Trademark Interferences 33129-33132 [2018-15163] [Electronic version] [PDF] (17July2018)
  • Changes in Requirements for Collective Trademarks and Service Marks, Collective Membership Marks, and Certification Marks; Correction, 1559 [2018-00428] [Electronic version] [PDF] (12Jan2018)
  • International Trademark Classification Changes, 56887-56890 [2017-25880] [TEXT] [PDF] (01Dec2017]
  • Revival of Abandoned Applications, Reinstatement of Abandoned Applications and Cancelled or Expired Registrations, and Petitions to the Director, 29401-29409 [2017-13519] [Electronic version] [PDF] (29June2017)
  • Affidavits or Declarations of Use, Continued Use, or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases; Delay of Effective Date, 10273 [2017–02796] [TEXT] (link is external) [PDF] (link is external) (10Feb2017)
  • Changes in Requirements for Affidavits or Declarations of Use, Continued Use, or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases, 6259–6265 [2017–00317] [TEXT] (link is external) [PDF] (link is external) (19Jan2017)
  • Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice; Correction, 89382–89383 [2016–29728] [TEXT] (link is external) [PDF] (link is external) (12Dec2016)
  • Trademark Fee Adjustment, Correction, 78042–78043 [2016-26684] [TEXT] [PDF] (07Nov2016)
  • International Trademark Classification; Changes, 76867–76870 [2016–26682] [TEXT] (link is external) [PDF] (link is external) (04Nov2016)
  • Trademark Fee Adjustment, 72694–72708 [2016-25506] [TEXT] [PDF] (21Oct2016)
  • Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice, 69950–69988 [2016–23092] [TEXT] (link is external) [PDF] (link is external) (07Oct2016)
  • USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program, 33591–33598 [2016–12498] [TEXT] (link is external) [PDF] (link is external) (27May2016)
  • International Trademark Classification Changes [TEXT] [PDF] (24Dec2015)
  • Trademark Rules of Practice: Rules of Practice for Collective Trademarks and Service Marks, Collective Membership Marks, and Certification Marks [TEXT] [PDF] (11June2015)
  • Trademark Rules of Practice: Rules of Practice in Filings Pursuant to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, 2303–2313 [2015–00267] [TEXT] [PDF] (16Jan2015)
  • Reduction of Fees for Trademark Applications and Renewals, 74633–74639 [2014–29413] [TEXT] [PDF] (16Dec2014)
  • International Trademark Classification Changes [TEXT] [PDF] (09Aug2012)
  • Changes in Requirements for Specimens and for Affidavits or Declarations of Continued Use or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases [TEXT] [PDF] (22May2012)
  • Trademark Technical and Conforming Amendments [TEXT] [PDF] (08Nov2011)

 

Regulated products and activities

Applications for trademarks used on regulated products (e.g. cannabis, drug paraphernalia, ivory, whalebone) and activities (e.g. gambling and wagering, retail stores featuring controlled substances) are subject to additional review. The USPTO may inquire about your compliance with federal law before issuing a registration. If your goods, services, or trademark violate federal law, we will issue a refusal. 

See TMEP 907 for more information.
 

Precedential refusals on basis of unlawful use


In re Brown, 119 USPQ2d 1350 (TTAB 2016) (retail store services featuring herbs)
In re PharmaCann LLC, 123 USPQ2d 1122 (TTAB 2017) (retail store services featuring medical marijuana)
In re JJ206, LLC, 120 USPQ2d 1568 (TTAB 2016) (smokeless marijuana or cannabis vaporizer apparatus, namely, oral vaporizers for smokers; vaporizing marijuana or cannabis delivery device, namely, oral vaporizers for smoking purposes)
In re Harley, 119 USPQ2d 1755 (TTAB 2016) (home health care services; refusals under Section 2(e)(2) and on basis of failure to comply with requirement for additional information under Rule 2.61(b))

 

Non-Precedential refusals on basis of unlawful use


In re Ultra Trimmer, L.L.C., Serial No. 86479070 (November 29, 2016) (Agricultural machines, namely, a trimming machine for trimming leaves, plants, flowers and buds)
In re JJ206, LLC, Serial No.86532274 (November 7, 2016) (“smokeless marijuana or cannabis vaporizer apparatus, namely, oral vaporizers for smokers; vaporizing marijuana or cannabis delivery device, namely, oral vaporizers for smoking purposes”)

 

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