Will the USPTO Change its Rules Regarding Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants?

The USPTO is seeking to change its federal trademark laws for trademark applicants, registrants, and parties who have are domiciled outside the United States.  The proposed change would require applicants, registrants, and parties to hire a U.S.-licensed attorney for representation at the USPTO.  Additionally, U.S.-licensed attorneys representing anyone before the USPTO in trademark matters would be required to provide their bar membership information and confirm their status as an active member in good standing.  U.S. attorneys meeting these qualifications could still represent foreign and domestic trademark applicants and registrants at the USPTO. The proposed change is a response to the “increasing problem of foreign trademark applicants who purportedly are pro se and who are filing inaccurate and possibly fraudulent submissions that violate the Trademark Act (Act) and/or the USPTO’s rules.”  Foreign applications sometimes file…

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