商標登録insideNews: Trademark Office Drops Its Demand For Applicants To Prove Immigration Status | WGBH

Facing a backlash from its own staff, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has scrapped new guidelines that would have required foreign trademark applicants living in the U.S. to prove they had legal immigration status.

情報源: Trademark Office Drops Its Demand For Applicants To Prove Immigration Status

商標登録insideNews: Barack Obama’s Production Company Runs Into a Trademark Problem | Hollywood Reporter

The U.S. Trademark Office rejects an application for “Higher Ground Productions,” so the former president and first lady get aggressive.

情報源: Barack Obama’s Production Company Runs Into a Trademark Problem | Hollywood Reporter

American Factory | A Short Conversation with the Obamas | Netflix, 3:09

商標登録insideNews: adidas and J. Crew Battle Over Stripe Trademark | HYPEBEAST

adidas has filed a request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to shut down J. Crew’s application for a trademark containing five stripes, as reported by The Fashion Law.

情報源: adidas and J. Crew Battle Over Stripe Trademark | HYPEBEAST

商標登録insideNews: 官庁に対し手続を行うための米国で資格のある弁護士による代理の要件:米国(参考訳) | 経済産業省 特許庁

官庁に対し手続を行うための米国で資格のある弁護士による代理の要件:米国(参考訳)

情報源: 官庁に対し手続を行うための米国で資格のある弁護士による代理の要件:米国(参考訳) | 経済産業省 特許庁

今月3日から施行された外国人の出願人や権利者は、本人だけでの手続はできなくなり、それぞれの手続に米国ライセンスの弁護士を代理人として必要とする規則の特許庁訳になります。すでにウエブサイト上では、有資格となる州と弁護士登録番号の入力が必要とされ、good standingについてもチェック形式の宣誓が必要となっています。弁護士登録番号については、なりすまし防止のため、公表はされないようになっています。

USPTO announces new trademark rule requiring foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney | USPTO

商標登録insideNews: Trademark Owners, Watch Out! USPTO Getting Strict On Specimens – Intellectual Property – United States

In order to register a trademark based on use in commerce, or to renew a registration based on a foreign or international registration, trademark owners are required to verify that the mark is in use in U.S. commerce… United States Intellectual Property Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP 19 Aug 2019

情報源: Trademark Owners, Watch Out! USPTO Getting Strict On Specimens – Intellectual Property – United States

In order to register a trademark based on use in commerce, or to renew a registration based on a foreign or international registration, trademark owners are required to verify that the mark is in use in U.S. commerce with all goods or services listed in the application or registration.  In addition, the mark owner must… Read more

情報源: Trademark Owners, Watch Out! USPTO Getting Strict on Specimens – SGR Law

Examination Guide 3-19 Examination of Specimens for Use in Commerce:Digitally Created or Altered and Mockup Specimens July 2019

According to the USPTO Commissioner of Trademarks, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has seen a significant increase in the number of applicants who are not fulfilling their legal and ethical obligations to file accurately and in good faith, particularly with respect to claims that the mark is in use in commerce. After studying the problem, the USPTO made two changes in application procedures designed to improve the overall quality of applications: (1) a new rule requiring foreign trademark applicants and registrants to be represented by a US-licensed lawyer, and (2) a new Examining Guide focused on detecting and rejecting falsified purported specimens of use in commerce.  Applicants can expect a higher level of scrutiny of their applications, particularly where the applicant is based outside the United States.

情報源: US Trademark Office addresses false or inaccurate filings | Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP – JDSupra

商標登録insideNews: Ohio State University wants to trademark the word ‘The’ – CNN

The Ohio State University is attempting to trademark the word “the,” according to an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Application No. 88571984 was filed Thursday, and the school seeks to use the word “the” mainly on t-shirts, baseball caps and hats.

情報源: Ohio State University wants to trademark the word ‘The’ – CNN

Ah yes, a trademark, because OSU is 100% the only U.S. university with ‘the’ before its name .

情報源: Ohio State is trying to trademark “THE” – The Washington Post

商標登録insideNews: [警告] misleading notices | USPTO

最近、また外国知的財産庁や国際機関を装って、誤解を招くメールを送付して、実は無意味な費用の支払いを求める偽メールが多発しています。特に、代理人を使わずに出願や権利を取得している方が狙われたりします。良くわからないから払ってしまおうとせずに、お近くの弁理士さんに問い合わせしてみることが賢明と思います。お近くに弁理士がいない方は、こちら(tm-info@tm106.jp)まで。

Don’t be fooled by potentially misleading offers and notices from private companies.

情報源: Caution: misleading notices | USPTO

 

Q.偽の通知と、正式なUSPTOのメールと通知の違いをどのように見分けたら良いでしょうか?(partly from USPTO Site)

商標出願または登録に関する米国特許商標庁からの、正式な連絡はすべてバージニア州アレクサンドリア(Alexandria, Virginia)の「米国特許商標庁(“United States Patent and Trademark Office”)」から行われ、すべてのメールは「@ uspto.gov」ドメインから届きます。すなわち、Washington, DCやNYのアドレスは、要注意すべきと思います。

政府機関や政府のように偽装した会社名にだまされないでください。一部の会社名には、 “United States,” “U.S.,” “Trademark,” “Patent,” “Registration,” “Office,” or “Agency.” などの用語が含まれることが多いです。最近では、”Pending Trademark Cancellation by USPTO”と記載された例もあります。他の政府機関や米国法典のセクションを参照してください。誤解を招く申し出や通知に基づいてお金を払ったりサービスにサインアップした場合でも、米国特許商標庁は払い戻しを受けるのを助けることはできないとされています。

商標登録insideNews: Higgins Boat at the USPTO | USPTO

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, known as D-Day, the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Museum installed a restored Higgins

情報源: Higgins Boat at the USPTO | USPTO

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商標登録insideNews: TEAS and TEASi maintenance and enhancement section | USPTO

米国特許商標庁(USPTO)のウエブサイトは、8月3日の零時1分から8時までメンテナンス作業を行います。このメンテナンスで、出願用のTEASとマドプロ用のTEASiは、米国弁護士の代理を必須とする外国人や外国法人の出願に対して、その代理をする弁護士の情報を入力できるように変更されます。

Online forms will comply with new rule requirin

情報源: TEAS and TEASi maintenance and enhancement section | USPTO

商標登録insideNews: USPTO TM commissioner warns of fake Chinese trademark applications | IPPro Magazine

The US Patent and Trademark Office’s commissioner for trademarks has warned of the dangers fraudulent Chinese trademark filers pose to the US trademark system

情報源: IPPro Magazine | USPTO TM commissioner warns of fake Chinese trademark applications | ippromagazine.com

米国商標出願の分割

米国での商標出願の分割

米国での商標登録出願も必要に応じて分割することができます。例えば、複数の基礎を伴う出願の場合に、一部の指定商品だけ外国商標登録を基礎としており、他の指定商品はITUで未だ使用宣誓書が準備できない場合や、ある区分の指定商品については使用宣誓書を準備できるが、残りの区分では延長が必要な場合では、区分で分けられる(即ち、同じ類の商品役務が分割されない)分割の請求をすれば、分割費用だけで一部の早期登録が可能となります。

出願分割の費用

出願分割を行う場合には、費用と共に分割を請求します。分割の費用は、いくつかの類を類ごと分割する場合には、オンラインで100USDの費用がかかりますが、出願の分割する場合に、類の一部を分けるような分割の場合には、分割の費用に加えて出願料も払う必要があります。

分割の時期

分割は、出願日から審査官が公告決定をするまでの間や、異議申立手続、同時使用や抵触手続、或いは審判手続での申立の間でも請求が可能です。ITU出願の分割は、使用宣誓書と共に若しくは使用宣誓書を提出した後、所定期間内に請求することができます。複数の基礎による出願は、許可通知の発行から使用宣誓書の提出の間の期間に、ある基礎の商品・役務について分割を請求することができます。

分割出願の様式

分割の請求は、補正や意見書とは別個に、最初のページの上端部に”出願分割請求(Request to Divide Application)”と記載した書類を提出します。分割の請求には出願人か代理人の署名が必要です。

分割請求の処理

分割請求を提出しても、使用宣誓書の提出期限は延長されず、使用宣誓書を提出する期間の延長の要求の期限も延長されません。出願が分割された時点で有効な未処理の期限は、元の出願だけでなく、出願の分割によって作成された新しい各出願にも適用されます。一般に分割請求の処理に関しては、米国特許商標庁は分割請求を優先しますが、 同時に使用宣誓書を提出する期間を延長する要求も提出された場合は例外的に延長要求は最初に処理され、その延長要求が分割される出願にも適用されます。

国際登録出願の一部移転

国際登録出願に関し、国際事務局が米国特許商標庁に国際登録出願の一部の所有者が変更した旨の通知をしたときには、米国特許商標庁は、その所有者変更の通知は分割の請求とみなします(TMEP §1110.11(a))。 米国特許商標庁は、部分的な所有権の移転を記録し、商品・役務の一部を分割し、新しいシリアルナンバーを付与します。登録証を得るためには分割請求の費用を支払うことが必要です。拒絶理由がある場合には、審査官はそれを新所有者に連絡し、応答がなければ出願は放棄されたものと看做されます。国際事務局が米国特許商標庁に国際登録が分割されたことを通知しない限り、米国特許商標庁は所有権の移転を以てsec.66aの基礎出願を分割をすることはありません。

37 C.F.R. §2.87 Dividing an application
37 C.F.R. §2.87 Dividing an application.
(a) Application may be divided. An application may be divided into two or more separate applications upon the payment of a fee for each new application created and submission by the applicant of a request in accordance with paragraph (d) of this section.
(b) Fee. In the case of a request to divide out one or more entire classes from an application, only the fee for dividing an application as set forth in §2.6(a)(19) will be required. However, in the case of a request to divide out some, but not all, of the goods or services in a class, the applicant must submit the application filing fee as set forth in §2.6(a)(1) for each new separate application to be created by the division, in addition to the fee for dividing an application.
(c) Time for filing. (1) A request to divide an application may be filed at any time between the application filing date and the date on which the trademark examining attorney approves the mark for publication; or during an opposition, concurrent use, or interference proceeding, upon motion granted by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
(2) In an application under section 1(b) of the Act, a request to divide may also be filed with a statement of use under §2.88 or at any time between the filing of a statement of use and the date on which the trademark examining attorney approves the mark for registration.
(3) In a multiple-basis application, a request to divide out goods or services having a particular basis may also be filed during the period between the issuance of the notice of allowance under section 13(b)(2) of the Act and the filing of a statement of use under §2.88.
(d) Form. A request to divide an application should be made in a separate document from any other amendment or response in the application. The title “Request to Divide Application” should appear at the top of the first page of the document.
(e) Outstanding time periods apply to newly created applications. Any time period for action by the applicant which is outstanding in the original application at the time of the division will apply to each separate new application created by the division, except as follows:
(1) If an Office action pertaining to less than all the classes in a multiple-class application is outstanding, and the applicant files a request to divide out the goods, services, and/or class(es) to which the Office action does not pertain before the response deadline, a response to the Office action is not due in the new (child) application(s) created by the division of the application;
(2) If an Office action pertaining to less than all the bases in a multiple-basis application is outstanding, and the applicant files a request to divide out the goods/services having the basis or bases to which the Office action does not pertain before the response deadline, a response to the Office action is not due in the new (child) application(s) created by the division of the application; or
(3) In a multiple-basis application in which a notice of allowance has issued, if the applicant files a request to divide out the goods/services having the basis or bases to which the notice of allowance does not pertain before the deadline for filing the statement of use, the new (child) applications created by the division are not affected by the notice of allowance.
(f) Signature. The request to divide must be signed by the applicant, someone with legal authority to bind the applicant (e.g., a corporate officer or general partner of a partnership), or a practitioner who meets the requirements of §11.14, in accordance with the requirements of §2.193(e)(2).
(g) Section 66(a) applications – change of ownership with respect to some but not all of the goods or services. (1) When the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization notifies the Office that an international registration has been divided as the result of a change of ownership with respect to some but not all of the goods or services, the Office will construe the International Bureau’s notice as a request to divide. The Office will record the partial change of ownership in the Assignment Services Branch, and divide out the assigned goods/services from the original (parent) application. The Office will create a new (child) application serial number, and enter the information about the new application in its automated records.
(2) To obtain a certificate of registration in the name of the new owner for the goods/services that have been divided out, the new owner must pay the fee(s) for the request to divide, as required by §2.6 and paragraph (b) of this section. The examining attorney will issue an Office action in the child application requiring the new owner to pay the required fee(s). If the owner of the child application fails to respond, the child application will be abandoned. It is not necessary for the new owner to file a separate request to divide.
(3) The Office will not divide a section 66(a) application based upon a change of ownership unless the International Bureau notifies the Office that the international registration has been divided.

商標登録insideNews: USPTO announces new trademark rule requiring foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney | USPTO

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.

情報源: USPTO announces new trademark rule requiring foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney | USPTO

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.)

U.S.-licensed attorneys
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

情報源: New USPTO Foreign Trademark Applicant Rules Effective August 3, 2019

USPTO、海外からの商標出願に対して「米国弁護士に代理されなければならない」との要件を追加(JETRO)