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Changes to USA Trade Mark Rules

Date: 8 August 2019


A change to trade mark rules in the United States means non-US trademark holders must now have a US-licensed attorney to file trademark related matters in the country.


Effective from 3 August 2019 all trademark holders (applicants as well as registrants) who are domiciled outside the USA are in principle affected.


According to the USPTO, the new rule is intended to:


  • Increase USPTO customer compliance with US trademark law and USPTO regulations.
  • Improve the accuracy of trademark submissions to the USPTO.
  • Safeguard the integrity of the US trademark register.


Click here for more information on the UKIPO website.


What this means for Maucher Jenkins

Maucher Jenkins has developed long-standing relationships with licenced US attorneys whom we use to file trade marks in the USA. Therefore our clients will not experience any changes in capability or service due to this update.


For non-clients, please note you can be expected to be affected by this new rule. To make sure you are well-prepared, please contact us with any questions!