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US Trademark Office Waives/Refunds Fees for Reviving Applications and Registrations Abandoned Due to COVID-19 

by Tarah K. Rémy, April L. Besl

Published: June, 2020

Submission: June, 2020

 



The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on countless businesses around the United States, including breweries. During this time, its understandable many businesses have allowed their trademark deadlines to pass without action due to lack of funds. In light of these hardships, the US Trademark Office has announced that if a business allowed a deadline to pass due to COVID-19, it will waive/refund any fees to Petition to Revive the abandoned application or registration.


To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:


  1. Your application or registration is or will be abandoned on or before June 30, 2020 and

  2. One of the following circumstances is applicable due to COVID-19:

    1. Office closures;

    2. Cash flow interruptions;

    3. Lack of access to files or other materials;

    4. Travel delays; and/or

    5. Personal or family illnesses.

If you meet these criteria, you can still save your trademark application or registration and not have to pay penalty fees for the Petition. The Dinsmore Beer, Wine & Spirits team is here to help if you want to take advantage of this limited waiver of fees and help protect your valuable brands while dealing with the fallout of COVID-19.


For additional resources that may help you weather these times, check out the Dinsmore COVID-19 Business Strategies Hub featuring a wealth of resources and advice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


 



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