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Trademark Filings- Foreign Domiciled Applicants Required to have a U.S. Licensed Attorney

Effective August 3, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) now requires all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States.

The requirement applies to all trademark applicants, registrants, and parties whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is outside the United States. These applicants, registrants, and parties are required to have a U.S.-licensed attorney represent them at the USPTO in all trademark matters.

Additionally, U.S.-licensed attorneys representing anyone before the USPTO in trademark matters are required to confirm they are an active member in good standing of their bar and to provide their bar membership information.

For a more thorough understanding of this new federal trademark law, please visit the rule page on the USPTO website.

For all your trademark questions please contact O'Neill Tran Law at

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