Expungement vs. Reexamination: What are the differences?

When would an expungement or reexamination be available? These two fancy names bear good news for trademark challengers. Anyone thinking of canceling a trademark registration should be encouraged by the Trademark Modernization Act. Known as TMA, the new rules give IP owners more cost-effective ways to attack trademark registrations based on non-use. This post will […]

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How much does a TMA petition for trademark nonuse cost?

What is a TMA petition based on trademark nonuse? Third parties can now file petitions to remove some or all of the non-used goods or services in a trademark registration without going through the more expensive and lengthy process of a TTAB trademark cancellation. Under the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA), a petition may be filed […]

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When does the Trademark Modernization Act go into effect?

Does the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) have different starting dates? Yes, the Trademark Modernization Act has different effective dates. Some effective dates for TMA begin in December 2021 while other provisions go into effect in December 2022. When can third parties begin requesting cancellation of non-used trademark registrations? Third parties can begin requesting the new […]

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