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Trademark Maintenance

Trademark Maintenance

Move past the initial registration of a trademark, and learn about the processes of ongoing trademark maintenance, including the first declaration of use, filing for incontestability status, subsequent declarations, the renewal timeline, and amending a registration.


While trademark rights are indefinite if the mark is in use, the owner of a federal trademark registration must maintain its registration by submitting statements of use and other applications or the mark may be cancelled. The first declaration of use must be made between the fifth and sixth year after registration. After the fifth year of consecutive use, the registrant can apply for incontestability status. Subsequent declarations must be made every 10 years after registration showing that...

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