USPTO Published New Exam Guide on Mandatory Electronic Filing

The USPTO’s mandatory electronic filing rules now go into effect on February 15. In anticipation, the USPTO issued an exam guide outlining requirements for submitting trademark owner emails among other changes.

USPTO Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Revised Trademark Filing Fees

On June 19, the USPTO published an NPRM seeking public comment on proposed trademark fee changes, which could take effect as early as Oct. 2020. These changes update the prior proposed fee table, published in September 2019, and increases certain filing fees, while adding completely new ones. The USPTO requests that comments be submitted by August 3.

USPTO Delays Effective Date for Mandatory eFiling of All Trademark Filings

Today the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it was delaying the effective date of the new rule requiring the electronic filing of all trademark documents and the provision of accurate email addresses for purposes of correspondence with the USPTO relating to all applications and registrations. The new effective date will be December […]

Mandatory Restitution to Victims of Identity Theft in Pennsylvania Required

The Pennsylvania General Assembly recently amended its sentencing requirements to be imposed upon convicted identity thieves. On September 18, 2009, House Bill 222 was approved by Governor Rendell and became effective on November 17, 2009. House Bill 222 amended the PA Crimes Code to mandate restitution by a convicted identity thief to “for all reasonable […]

Trademark Modernization Act Signed Into Law

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133 – as enrolled) which included the full text of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (“TMA”) as modified from the versions originally introduced on March 11, 2020 as H.R. 6196 and S. 3449. See H.R. 133 at 1019-1029; […]