Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants Now Required to Have US-Licensed Attorneys

trademark representation required for foreign trademark applicantsOn July 2, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new rule for applicants, registrants, and parties who live outside the country. They must be represented by a US-licensed attorney for filing applications and all activity with the USPTO and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings starting August 3, 2019. 

This rule was created in an effort to reduce inaccurate and fraudulent trademark filings by foreign parties. In a USPTO press release, the Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison said, “Many other countries worldwide have had this requirement for decades. We believe that this new rule will help improve the quality of submissions to the USPTO.”

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