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Markit to Market - December 2014

The December issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter includes news on how the USPTO is tackling its "deadwood" problem, the reduced USPTO fees for 2015, and an updated list of the Sunrise periods currently...more

USPTO Reduces Electronic Trademark Filing Fees Effective January 2015

This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) gave some good news to trademark owners. Effective January 17, 2015, the PTO will reduce filing fees for electronic trademark applications and renewals....more

PTO’s Holiday Gift: Lower Trademark Fees

“The USPTO has issued a final rule notice reducing certain trademark fees. The reductions will benefit the public by lowering the costs of seeking and renewing federal registration. ...more

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Reduce Filing Fees

Effective January 17, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reducing filing fees for new U.S. trademark applications filed and processed electronically from $325 to $275 per class (and as low as $225 if certain strict...more

Markit to Market - June 2014

In This Issue: - FDA Draft Guidance: Best Practices for Developing Drug Trademarks - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Proposes Fee Reductions - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - Excerpt from U.S. Patent and...more

Fees for Recording IP Security Agreements with the USPTO and USCO

In financing transactions, such as loans or securitizations, lenders will typically take a security interest in the borrower's assets pledged as collateral, including any United States intellectual property ("US IP") assets,...more

U.S. Patent "Micro-Entity" Rules & Other Cost Savings Strategies: Do You qualify for 75% Off Your U.S. Patent Filing Costs?

The short answer is that a company or individual who already is qualified as a small entity (which entitles you to 50% off U.S. patent filing costs) may also qualify under the final rules issued by the Patent Office for...more

Happiness is a Federally-Registered Mark

It should be no surprise that the famous Coca-Cola brand name is federally-registered. One of the many significant benefits of federal registration is the USPTO’s obligation to refuse registration of third party marks that...more

Beware of Bogus Trade-mark Invoices

A Czech outfit calling itself the WDTP (Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents) regularly sends invoices to Canadian trade-mark owners, claiming to be owed a few thousand dollars as a “filing fee”. The WDTP is just one...more

Taking a Stand on USPTO Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Policy

Next week (February 4, 2013) is the deadline for submitting comments in response to the USPTO’s request for feedback on Request for Continued Examination (RCE) practice. (This article provides more information on the request...more

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