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Trademark Office Tweaks Email Requirement in Response to Uproar

Feb. 14, 2020, 10:28 PM

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has withdrawn part of a widely-criticized rule requiring trademark owners and applicants to include a regularly checked email address on public forms.

Applicants and owners using counsel to file for registration renewal can use an email address created solely for the purpose of receiving the agency’s emails, the PTO announced Friday. The PTO removed a requirement in the examination guide issued Feb. 7 that said the trademark owner’s email had to be regularly checked, even if the primary point of contact is an attorney.

The change came one day before a broader rule takes...

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