Posted on 4 June 2018
Peter Sloane and Chelsea Russell teamed up to write an article titled “Proof of Use Programs at The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Relation to Foreign-Based Trademark Registrations” published by Euromoney in its Experts Guide series. The article discusses two recent programs initiated by the USPTO related to the trademark registration process. The first program allows the USPTO to selectively audit specimens of use beyond those originally submitted and the second enables third parties who believe that a specimen is fraudulent or falsified to contact the USPTO with such information. These two programs are aimed at combatting the systematic problems inherent in a common law use based trademark jurisdiction, particularly when contrasted with civil law jurisdictions with no use requirements. You can find the article on our website at www.leasonellis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Euromoneys-Trade-Mark-Expert-Guide-2018-.pdf.