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USPTO Announces New Trademark Rule

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced a new rule requiring all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States.  This new trademark rule has an effective date of August 3, 2019.

Foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties include: (i) any entity with its principal place of business (i.e. headquarters) outside the US and its territories; and (ii) any individual with a permanent legal residence outside the US and its territories.

If an application is filed without complying with this new rule, the USPTO will issue an Office Action requiring appointment of a qualified US Attorney. The Applicant will have six months to comply and respond. Failure to comply will result in the abandonment of the application.

To ease the burden of this new rule, Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. is pleased to announce that there will be no transfer fees for any new U.S. trademark matter entrusted to our care.

Please contact Cheryl A. Clarkin, Esq. or Daniel J. Holmander, Esq. for any questions or if we can be of assistance with your United States trademark applications, registrations or Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matters.

Cheryl A. Clarkin, Esq.     Daniel J. Holmander, Esq.

401.274.7200                     401.274.7200

About The Authors

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Cheryl A. Clarkin

Cheryl has extensive experience in assisting clients with U.S. and international trademark and branding issues, including the selection, clearance, prosecution, enforcement… Read More

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Daniel J. Holmander

Daniel is a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office registered patent attorney (U.S. Reg. No. 59,518) and admitted to the federal district… Read More

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