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Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 155

Alt Legal IP News - Issue # 155

BMW recently patented a motorcycle electric supercharger to increase the fuel efficiency of the combustion engine.

The Fees They Are A’Changin’ (Maybe)

The Fees They Are A’Changin’ (Maybe)

The USPTO is set to reconsider its fees for trademark applications, registrations, and maintenance this month, including a proposed 25% per class increase for paper applications (bringing them up to $750 per class) and electronic applications (bringing them up to $500 per class).

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #153

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #153

The USPTO deflated Tom Brady's hopes of trademarking "Tom Terrific."

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #151

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #151

McDonald's lost its tradeMc battle with Supermac's in EUIPO court, which denied the chain the exclusive use of the prefix "Mc."

USPTO to Require Electronic Applications

USPTO to Require Electronic Applications

The USPTO now requires all trademark applications to be submitted electronically through TEAS. This change not only means that the USPTO will not accept paper trademark applications, but it also requires that filers provide accurate email and postal addresses and update them as necessary to keep them current.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #150

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #150

Ferrari threatened to sue a customer for trademark infringement for posting "distasteful" images that included the Ferrari brand.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #148

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #148

- Scotland's space technology industry is booming, with a 12-fold increase in published space tech patents since 1969.

- Facebook was recently issued a patent to enable moderators to more easily censor content posted in groups. The tech includes a feature that would limit questionable content so that only the poster can see it.

- Nintendo's recent IP filings suggest new features for the Switch.

- Ford Motor Company's newest trademark suggests the company will soon offer new off-road packages. Check out the trademark application here.

The USPTO will require Foreign Applicants to have US Attorneys

After first publishing a proposal to require foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to use a U.S. licensed attorney in February, the USPTO has made the rule official. Starting on August 3, 2019, filers residing and businesses headquartered outside the United States—including those in Canada—will have to be represented by an attorney licensed in the United States. 

The new rule will also mean that Canadian patent agents will no longer be able to represent trademark applicants, and while Canadian attorneys may continue to be deemed “additionally appointed practitioners,” the USPTO will no longer correspond directly with them.

Generally, this is part of a series of changes that the USPTO is making to ensure that filings are accurate and comply with USPTO expectations and help “safeguard the integrity of the U.S. trademark register.”

Notably, this also applies to any non-US filers whose applications are assigned office actions, even if their applications were filed or their office actions were assigned before the effective date. Those applicants whose application dates were before August 3rd and whose applications are otherwise satisfactory will be granted registration.