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What do I have to do to maintain my trademark after it is registered with the United States Trademark Office

To maintain your trademark registration, you must file your first maintenance document before the end of the 6th year after the registration date and other maintenance documents thereafter. Your registration certificate contains important information on maintaining your federal registration. The United States Trademark Office does NOT send reminder notices when the documents are due. Forms for filing the maintenance documents are located at:

http://www.uspto.gov/teas.

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Rights in a federally registered trademark can last indefinitely if you continue to use the mark and file all necessary maintenance documents at the appropriate times. You must file:

• Declaration of Continued Use or Excusable Nonuse under Section 8; and
• Combined Declaration of Continued Use and Application for Renewal under Sections 8 and 9

A Section 8 declaration is due before the end of the 6-year period after the registration date or within the 6-month grace period thereafter.  Failure to file this declaration will result in the cancellation of the registration.
A combined Section 8 and 9 must be filed before the end of every 10-year period after the registration date or within the 6-month grace period thereafter.  Failure to make these required filings will result in cancellation and/or expiration of the registration.

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