Monday, June 4, 2012

USPTO: Trademark Rule Change - New Requirements for Specimens and Affidavits for Declarations of Use

I have been of the opinion for quite some time, that specimens should be required for each good and/or service listed in a trademark application so as to leave no doubt as to any elements of fraud, lack of bona fide intent, or for renewals, abandonment. It appears that while the USPTO has not gone so far as to require such proof of use at this time, based on the new rules going into effect on June 22, 2012, they are definitely heading in that direction. NEW USPTO EXAMINATION RULES