USPTO Tightens Doc Standards For Trademark Cases

Law360, New York (May 21, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Monday that it is revising certain trademark rules that will allow the agency to require more materials deemed necessary to examine a post-registration affidavit or declaration of continued use or excusable nonuse in trademark cases.

The USPTO said it is reworking the Trademark Rules of Practice and the Rules of Practice for Filings pursuant to the Madrid Protocol so that it may require additional specimens, information, exhibits, and affidavits or declarations.

Furthermore, for a two-year period, the office will conduct a pilot program to assess the accuracy and integrity of the register, and upon...

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