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Trademark Specimens to Show Use Acceptable if They Have Minor Alterations Compared to Drawing

On June 6, 2017 the US Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) issued a precedential opinion in In re University of Miami (Re TM Serial Number 86616382)   Under the Trademark Act, an applicant must file specimens that show the mark used in commerce.  These are typically pictures of labels or […]

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US Trademark Office to Randomly Review Declarations of Use (Sections 8 & 71)

The US Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) has made effective as of February 17, 2017 a rule concerning the examination of affidavits or declarations of continued use or excusable nonuse filed under section 8 of the Trademark Act, or affidavits or declarations of use in commerce or excusable nonuse filed under section 71 of the […]

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