By Kristin Johnson on August 30, 2023
The Lanham Act requires the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to collect the domicile information of all trademark applicants. This provides the evidence necessary to show the applicant is a real person or corporation domiciled in the United States or has authorized, licensed, U.S. representation.
On August 30, 2023, the USPTO issued a Bulletin containing an 8-page examination guide that clarifies the necessary steps attorneys and examiners will follow to evaluate the domicile information of both trademark applicants and owners. The guide offers in-depth guidance, and importantly notes “[a]ddresses that do not identify an actual street address or that function as a mail-forwarding address are presumptively unacceptable as domicile addresses.” Read more