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User-friendly? Strategies for navigating the USPTO’s use audits for global brand owners


The USPTO in 2017 began randomly auditing US trade mark registrations upon receipt of Declarations of Continuing Use. Andrea Anderson discusses how the programme works and provides tips for what to do if you are audited

The USPTO’s rigid proof of use requirements have long vexed brand owners based outside the US, given the challenge of producing acceptable specimens of use that satisfy the Office’s detailed and somewhat arbitrary requirements. The impact and reach of these...


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