Category Archives: Trademark Prosecution

When Filing Maintenance Documents: Beware!

1613.17(a) Correcting Deficiencies in Affidavits or Declarations Timely Filed Within the Periods Set Forth in § 71(a) of the Act If the affidavit or declaration is filed during the periods set forth in § 71(a) of the Act (i.e., during … Continue reading

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USPTO Sued for Harassment

On January 6, 2016, Matthew Swyers, founder of The Trademark Company, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office claiming that the USPTO has violated his Constitutional rights in its investigation of his practices in the filing and prosecuting … Continue reading

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Change in Trademark Law!

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that the name of an Asian-American band  — The Slants — is private speech and therefore protected by the First Amendment. The government, the court writes, has no business trying … Continue reading

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Madrid Protocol Tip: Calculating Office Action Deadlines

Don’t get tripped up when calculating the deadline within which to respond to an Office action issued in connection a Section 66(a) application at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. A response to an Office action issued by the USPTO … Continue reading

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