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In the latest phase of the implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will open two new ex-parte cancellation proceedings on 27 December 2021, called “trademark expungement” and “trademark re-examination.” Through these new avenues, third parties may now request cancellation of some or all of the goods […]

What is “Trademark Expungement”?

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If you’ve filed a trademark with the USPTO, you it’s become very likely that you’ve been hit with a “Nonfinal Office Action” after the Examiner looks at your trademark. What does this mean? Do you have to respond? What types of office actions are there? Here’s a quick rundown of the most common USPTO Office […]

My Trademark received a “Nonfinal Office Action” from the USPTO – What now?

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So many times people come through the door for trademark applications saying, “It’s fine, I got the domain name” or “I’ve got the URL, so no one else has this trademark!” They often think they are “safe” from trademark infringement claims because the domain was available.

But this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If I have the URL or Domain, do I have the Trademark?

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The USPTO is increasing trademark filing fees beginning Jan. 2, 2020. According to the USPTO, the changes in trademark fees will: allow the USPTO to continue to recover the prospective aggregate costs of strategic and operational trademark and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board goals […] including associated administrative costs, and to further USPTO strategic objectives […]

USPTO Increases Trademark Fees

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