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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Implementation of The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 and its Impact on Brand Owners

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is implementing new procedures pursuant to the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA), the majority of which will take effect on December 18, 2021. Among these procedures, are two new forms of proceedings designed to provide brand owners with additional methods by which to proactively cancel trademark registrations for trademarks that have either never been used in commerce or were not in use when required during the registration process. These proceedings will help brand owners seeking to enhance the value of their brands and expand their portfolios by clearing away unused marks currently blocking their efforts. The new proceedings are in addition to other benefits afforded to brand owners pursuant to the TMA.

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Susan Schlesinger

Susan Schlesinger
Partner | Head of Trademarks
646-539-3685 |