Foreign Trademark Filers Soon May Need U.S. Lawyer

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By Peter Leung

The Patent and Trademark Office is working on a rule that would require foreign trademark applicants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney.

The PTO plans to issue a proposal in November and seek comment on it until February 2019, the agency said in the Trump administration’s fall regulatory agenda. The rule could take effect as early as July 2019, the office said.

The office has reported a 1,100 percent increase in trademark applications from China over the past five years. Agency director Andrei Iancu has floated such a requirement as a possible way to cut down on potentially fradulent foreign trademark applications.

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