Once your trademark is registered, you must file specific documents and pay the required fees at regular intervals to keep the registration "alive" or valid. Failure to file these documents or pay the required fees will result in the cancellation or expiration of your registration.
If you failed to timely respond to an office action that refused to accept a §8 affidavit, §71 affidavit, or §9 renewal application due to an extraordinary situation, you may file a formal petition under 37 C.F.R. §§2.146(a)(5) and 2.148 to accept a late response.
- You may file the petition electronically using the Petition to Director form.
- You must file the petition within two months of the issue date of the cancellation notice.
- If you did not receive the cancellation notice, or no cancellation notice was issued, you must file the petition within two months of the date the Trademark database was updated to indicate that the registration expired or was canceled.
If your registration expires or is canceled, but you have proof that a USPTO error led to the cancellation or expiration, you may file a request to reinstate a canceled or expired registration.
- You may file the request electronically using the Petition to Director form.
- Although a petition fee is required in order to file the form, it will be refunded if USPTO error is found.
- For a list of examples of situations where the USPTO may reinstate a canceled or expired registration, please see TMEP §1712.02(a).
For additional information about maintaining your trademark registration, visit keeping your registration alive.