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The USPTO announced last week, at the TPAC meeting, that it will begin sending notices via email to trademark registrants about upcoming deadlines for Section 8 declarations of continued use (due between the 5th and 6th anniversary of the registration) and Section 9 renewals (due every 10 years after registration).

Since these renewals will be sent via email, trademark registrants can only receive them if they have a valid email address on file with the USPTO.

The USPTO’s formal announcement is here: USPTO to Issue Courtesy Email Reminders of Registration Maintenance Filing Deadlines

TIP: Trademark registrants who obtained a USPTO trademark registration without having counsel, it would be wise to check the TSDR records and make sure that the correspondence information lists a valid email address. If no email address is listed, Registrants can file a “Change of Correspondence Address” electronically with the USPTO to include an email address and to check the box authorizing email communications.

 

Here are the recent USPTO filing statistics through September 30, 2014, the end of FY2014:

 

New trademark application filings at the USPTO:

3rd Quarter of 2014: 83,001 new applications filed

First three quarters of 2014: 252, 284 applications filed

FY2014 (October 1 2013 through September 30, 2014): 330,760 applications filed

 

3rd quarter of 2013: 82,473 applications filed

First 3 quarters of 2013: 247,388 applications filed

 

[Note: All data retrieved via TESS search on USPTO.gov on July 8, 2014]

Last month, the FTC announced a warning, and tips, regarding government imposter scams.  A related FTC webpage features some good information for identifying such scams, and for how to report them.

Unfortunately, the FTC posts don’t reference scams targeting trademark owners based on the USPTO’s public records. These scams, for international registries and other worthless services, request large sums of money be wired to the offering party. And the solicitation is often made to mimic government correspondence.

While the USPTO did go after one such scam operator in the last few years, it is a shame that the USPTO and the FTC have not done more.

If you are interested in the topic, please contact the USPTO and/or the FTC.  You can sign my petition (Request USPTO Investigation and Action Regarding Trademark Scams) here.

image from ftc.gov

 

Here are the recent USPTO filing statistics through the first half of 2014:

 

New trademark application filings at the USPTO:

First half of 2014: 165,934 new applications filed (approximately a 4% increase over the same time period last year)

First half of 2013: 159,812 new applications filed

First half of 2012: 163,219 new applications filed

First half of 2011: 157,235 new applications filed

 

Last half of 2013: 160, 246 new applications filed

 

April – June of 2014: 83,963 new applications filed

April – June of 2013: 81,009 new applications filed

April – June of 2012: 82,370 new applications filed

April – June of 2011: 80,310 new applications filed

 

[Note: All data retrieved via TESS search on USPTO.gov on July 8, 2014]

Comments of Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC regarding the USPTO’s Request Comments on Trademark Applications and Renewals – Reduction of Fees.

For details on the USPTO’s request for comments, see Federal Register notice here.

PELTON – Comments on TM Fee Reduction 2014