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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD30 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Requirement of U.S. Licensed Attorney for Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) proposes to amend its rules to require foreign trademark applicants and registrants to be represented by a U.S. licensed attorney, i.e. an attorney in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and any Commonwealth or territory of the U.S.) to file trademark documents with the USPTO. A requirement that foreigners be represented by a U.S. licensed attorney will (i) ensure that the USPTO can effectively use available mechanisms to enforce foreign applicant compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements in trademark matters; (ii) provide greater confidence to foreign applicants and the public that registrations that issue to foreign applicants are not subject to invalidation for reasons such as improper signatures and use claims; and (iii) aid USPTO efforts to improve accuracy of the U.S. Trademark Register.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 2.11    37 CFR 2.17    37 CFR 7.25    37 CFR 11.14   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1123    35 U.S.C. 2   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2018 
NPRM Comment Period End  02/00/2019 
Final Action  06/00/2019 
Final Action Effective  07/00/2019 
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:
Catherine Cain
Senior Trademark Policy Attorney & Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure Editor
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1451,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:571 272-8946
Fax:571 273-8946