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New USPTO Rules for Foreign Applicants


Foreign-Domiciled Trademark Applicants and Registrants
Required to Retain Local Counsel for U.S. Trademark Matters

Highlights of the New Rules:

Beginning August 3, 2019, all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants and registrants will be
required to retain licensed counsel in the United States to prosecute trademark applications, file
post-registration maintenance documents, file submissions in Madrid applications, or respond to
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) proceedings.

A ”foreign-domiciled” trademark applicant or registrant is:

  1. an individual with a permanent legal residence outside the United States or its territories, or
  2. an entity with its principal place of business (e.g. headquarters) outside the
    United States or its territories.

Click HERE to read our summary of the new USPTO rules.

Click HERE to read the full USPTO rules.

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representing Applicants from around the world. We represent some of the most
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  • World Trademark Review 1000
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  • Who’s Who Legal Services
  • And others


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