WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is changing its regulations to allow the office to require that trademark holders provide additional examples of the use of their mark or other information proving the mark is in use.
The changes also will allow the USPTO to conduct a two year pilot program to determine if its registry of marks is accurate and up to date. The program would allow the USPTO to require applicants to submit more than one example of the use of their trademark, per class.
The rules are to make it easier for the public to determine if a mark is in use, or if the holder’s rights have lapsed through non-use.
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