01.27.10

Leahy, Sessions File Bill To Ease Burdens On Trademark Owners

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) have filed legislation to help assist trademark owners in maintaining the protection of their brands.  The legislation makes technical and conforming amendments to the nation’s trademark laws, and is supported by the Obama administration.   

“This legislation is focused on the process for maintaining trademark protection,” said Leahy.  “It is a targeted bill that will improve the efficiency of the trademark maintenance system.   Inefficiencies cost businesses money, which can lead to higher prices for consumers and can cost workers their jobs.  When Congress has an opportunity to take waste out of a government process, it should do so on a bipartisan basis.  Senator Sessions and I are doing just that.” 

The Trademark Law Technical and Conforming Amendments Act will harmonize the system for submitting maintenance filings to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Maintenance filings are required for continuing the protection of a trademark.  The legislation will also permit the Director of the USPTO to permit applicants to correct good faith and harmless errors and will make several technical amendments within our trademark laws. 

Companion legislation was introduced in the House on Tuesday.

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