PTO Working on Rule Requiring U.S. Attorney for Foreign Trademark Applications - Articles

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Posted by: Chelsea Bennett on Oct 18, 2018

The Patent and Trademark Office is currently working on a new rule requiring foreign trademark applicants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney, Bloomberg Law reports. It plans to release a proposal next month and seek comments on it until Feb. 2019. This new rule could be rolled out as early as July 2019. The office reports a 1,100 percent increase in trademark applications from China over the past five years. The agency director hopes this new requirement will cut down on potential fraudulent foreign trademark applications.