U.S. Counsel Required for all U.S. Filings
All trademark applicants whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is not within the United States or its territories must be represented by a U.S.-licensed attorney at the USPTO.
Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued amended Rules 2.2(o) and 2.11(a), which require all applicants whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is not within the United States or its territories to be represented by a U.S.-licensed attorney at the USPTO. 37 C.F.R. §§2.2(o), 2.11(a).
Further, the Office issued amended Rules 2.22(a)(21) and 2.32(a)(4), which require a U.S. attorney to provide his or her bar information as a requirement for a TEAS Plus application or a complete trademark application. 37 C.F.R. §2.22(a)(21), 2.32(a)(4). Moreover, amended Rule 2.17(b)(3) makes the requirement for bar information and an attestation statement of good standing applicable to recognized attorneys in all trademark filings. 37 C.F.R. §2.17(b)(3).
In light of the new rules, we would like to remind you that our attorneys can help you with the filing of new trademark applications as well as with the preparation and filing of responses and arguments to office actions issued by the examiners in pending applications.
If you require the assistance of US counsel or you have any questions about the new requirements, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.