Earlier this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) suspended the sponsored accounts of two U.S. attorneys who loaned their name and bar credentials to an Indian law firm so they could file trademark submissions in violation of USPTO rules.
NY Attorney Suspended for Filing Over 18,000 U.S. Trademark Applications for Chinese Agents Without Proper Review Wednesday, August 3, 2022 In a Final Order (Proceeding No. D2022-16) released July 12, 2022, a New York attorney was suspended from practice for filing approximately 18,300 U.S. trademark applications for Chinese agents without proper review.
WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new rule requiring all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States.
外国人の出願や応答に米国弁護士の代理を必要とする新ルールは2019年8月3日施行となります。（This new trademark rule has an effective date of August 3, 2019.）
Paper and electronic trademark submissions made after the effective date of this rule will require U.S.-licensed attorneys representing applicants, registrants, or parties to provide all of the following:*
Their name, postal address, and email address
A statement attesting to their active membership in good standing of a bar of the highest court of a U.S. state, commonwealth, or territory.
Information concerning their bar membership (state, number if applicable, and year of admission).**
*Electronic submissions are filed online through TEAS.
**Attorney bar information will not be made publicly available.
On July 2, 2019, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a rule that will have a major impact on foreign (non-U.S. domiciled) trademark applicants, registrants, and parties in inter par