Monday, February 06, 2012

Protect Your Mark, Part One



One
of the many advantages to owning a Federal trademark on the Principal Register is the ability to record your mark with U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP). Why is this important? "CBP officers monitor imports to prevent the importation of goods bearing infringing marks..."

As of October 2005, they've made it very easy to do so with electronic filing, which you can access here.

The fee is $190 per International Class and must be renewed with CBP at the same time you renew with the USPTO. There is one typo on that last link; USPTO filings are for 10 years, not 20.

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