“Shaky Ground” – Legal Residence Requirements and the New USPTO Rules

Following up on the earlier article about the new trademark registration requirements related to US residency, I’m quoted at length in this article on World Trademark Review.

I hope my remarks don’t downplay the possibility of problems. In particular I hope it’s clear that I believe that individual applicants could experience improper actions during examination including inappropriate inquiry into immigration status and the publication of information which should not be (and has no legal basis to be) made public. As the other attorneys point out, we need to make sure people are safe. That’s priority one.

All I meant by my comment on statistics is that it will become clear if there is a systemic issue in reasonably short order, which would mean the guidelines themselves are a problem, as opposed to individual application by Examining Attorneys. Anyway, here’s the article:


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