This fall, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) proposed a new rule amendment that would require foreign trademark applicants and registrants to be represented by a licensed U.S. attorney. The USPTO needs this amendment, according to Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, due to the “significant rise in filings from China which now represent nearly 10% of total new [trademark] applications.” Although it would presumably cost foreign applicants more to obtain a U.S. trademark registration, the proposal aims to increase compliance with U.S. Trademark Office rules and regulations by those applicants.

Read the full feature by Eric R. Moran, Partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, here