Monday, November 3, 2014

PTO To Provide Courtesy Reminders of Maintenance Filings

The U.S. trademark office recently announced that, beginning in late January 2015, it will begin providing courtesy reminders of upcoming Sections 8 and 71 declaration deadlines, and of upcoming Section 9 renewal deadlines. The PTO announcement is here. Reminders will be sent at the beginning of the filing period, but only to registrations (1) that are "live" on the date of sending, (2) that have valid e-mail addresses, and (3) that have granted permission to the PTO for e-mail communication. Reminders will be sent only by e-mail, not by regular mail, and there will be no follow-up reminders in the event the first attempted reminder fails.

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