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USPTO Update: Owner Email Address Requirement

This is an update to our recent announcement of the new US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rule requiring direct email addresses of trademark applicants and registrants. 

After receiving numerous written objections from US trademark practitioners regarding the USPTO’s new rule that originally required each application to include the applicant’s direct e-mail address, the USPTO modified its rule to permit a law firm to provide a second law firm address in lieu of the applicant’s direct email address.  This revised rule will reduce the risk of anticipated email scams and phishing attempts that would have occurred if the new rule was not revised.  Trademark applicants need to remain vigilant about the trademark-related solicitations they receive via mail.  When a trademark application is filed by an attorney of record, all official USPTO communications relating to the application will be sent to such attorney.  If you have any questions relating to this new rule, please feel free to contact a member of our trademark law team.



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Jonathan Wachs provides strategic counseling and operational advice to clients in the areas of intellectual property, commercial transactions, and outsourced legal departments. As head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, Mr. Wachs works closely with clients to develop, register, analyze, enforce, and transfer intellectual property assets in a customized, cost-efficient, and highly effective manner. Additionally, he conducts intellectual property audits through which clients learn the nature and value of their intellectual property assets and the steps needed to protect such assets from misappropriation or dilution. As a business lawyer, he has successfully negotiated and completed several multimillion-dollar business transactions and has served as general counsel to several small and midsize businesses and organizations in various industries and professions.





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