Monday, December 21, 2009

Trademark Registrations Affidavits

USPTO Director David Kappos' blog entry for Tues., Dec. 15, discusses the filing of trademark affidavits for a registered extension of protection under the Madrid Protocol. To maintain a trademark, registrants must file affidavits denoting use in commerce or excusable nonuse, but the requirements for affidavits differs for registered extensions of protection filed under the Madrid Protocol. While all other trademarks registrations have a six-month filing grace period with the ability to correct deficiencies, registered extensions of protection provide no grace period for the first filing and only a three-month extension for subsequent filings. They also do not allow for correcting deficiencies after the due date.

For more information, see Director Kappos Dec. 15 entry.