In order to maintain your trademark once it has been registered with the federal government, you will need to renew it regularly. One of the easiest ways to lose the rights that you have worked so hard to acquire through your trademark is to fail to renew your trademark.
What is the Renewal Process?
Trademark renewal is simply the act of undergoing the renewal process in order to keep your trademark registration updated with the federal government.
When Do You Need to Renew Your Trademark?
- First Filing Deadline: You must file a Declaration of Use (or Excusable Nonuse) between the 5th and 6th years after the registration date. See 15 U.S.C. §§1058, 1141k. If the declaration is accepted, the registration will continue in force for the remainder of the ten-year period, calculated from the registration date, unless cancelled by an order of the Commissioner for Trademarks or a federal court.
- Second Filing Deadline: You must file a Declaration of Use (or Excusable Nonuse) and an Application for Renewal between the 9th and 10th years after the registration date.*See 15 U.S.C. §1059.
Requirements in Successive Ten-Year Periods*
What and When to File:
- You must file a Declaration of Use (or Excusable Nonuse) and an Application for Renewal between every 9th and l0th-year period, calculated from the registration date.*
The renewal can be paid by any person and the renewal of registration does not have a limit.
Why is Renewal Important?
Renewal is very important because it allows the federal government to make sure the information they have on file for the trademark owner is accurate.
It also allows the government to know if you are still continuously using your trademark in commerce – or if you have abandoned your legal rights.
What Happens When Trademark Is Not Renewed?
When your trademark registration time has elapsed and your registration expires, you will no longer be legally entitled to the benefits associated with federal trademark registration.
How Do I Know I Have Renewed My Trademark Registration?
You might be wondering how you know if your request has been renewed. The trademark office will provide you with written confirmation that your renewal registration has been accepted.
The attorney at our office has made Trademark Registration Renewals an easy and flexible process. This is a solution that provides you skilled support when you need it alongside the following benefits that the trademark attorney at our office can help you with:
- Cost effective
If you would like to discuss your trademark, call us for a free consultation at 1-800-254-6140. We have a 100% success rate with our filings. Disclaimer: Past results do not determine future outcomes.