July 01, 2014

Count Ahead—Required Filings for Trademark Registrations and Patents

Matthew P. Hintz

At the close of negotiations for a client’s licensing deal or before an infringement trial is about to begin, you do not want to learn that the trademark registration or patent involved is abandoned or expired at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Trademark registrations and patents require filings and fees to be made to remain active and enforceable. The USPTO does not send reminders for these things.

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