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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD07 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Changes in Requirements for Affidavits or Declarations of Use, Continued Use, or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases 

In order to assess and promote the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register, the USPTO proposes to amend its rules to allow the USPTO, during the examination of affidavits or declarations of continued use or excusable nonuse filed pursuant to section 8 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1058, or affidavits or declarations of use in commerce or excusable nonuse filed pursuant to section 71 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. 1141k, to require such information, exhibits, affidavits or declarations, and such additional specimens as may be reasonably necessary for the USPTO to ensure that the register accurately reflects marks that are in use in the United States for the goods/services/collective membership organizations identified in the registrations.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 2.1    37 CFR 7.3   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1123    35 U.S.C. 2   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/22/2016  81 FR 40589   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/22/2016 
Final Rule  11/00/2016 
Final Rule Effective  01/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Chicoski
Administrator for Trademark Policy and Procedure
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
Commissioner for Trademarks, P. O. Box 1451,
Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone:571 272-8943
Fax:571 273-8943