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USPTO to Adjust Trademark Fees Effective January 2, 2021

| Category: Intellectual Property News

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is set to increase certain trademark fees effective January 2, 2021.

The trademark fee increases relate to application filing, post registration fees for trademark maintenance, petitions, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board fees.

Of particular interest to owners of registered trademarks, a new fee is being implemented for certain requests to delete goods and services from a registration. The new fee applies if a request to delete goods, services, or classes from a trademark registration is filed after a Section 8 or a Section 71 declaration of continued use is filed. The new fee will not apply if a request for such deletion is filed before, or at time of filing, of a Section 8 or a Section 71 declaration of continued use. According to the USPTO, the new fee is to encourage trademark owners to determine sooner than later whether a good, service or class in a trademark registration is no longer in use and needs to be removed.

Trademark owners intending to register a trademark with the USPTO can consider whether to file a trademark application before the trademark fee increases.

For registered trademarks which renewal windows are open before January 2, 2021, the trademark owners can consider whether to file a renewal before the trademark fee increases.

You may follow the links below to USPTO’s breakdown of the adjustments to the trademark fees including a comparison with the old trademark fees.

Table of Trademark Fees – Current, Final Trademark Fee Schedule, and Unit Cost.

Fee Setting and Adjusting | USPTO

For more information about the USPTO adjustments to the trademark fees, or If you have any question, please contact us.

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