USPTO Charges New Fees For Deleting Information From Trademark Registrations

Takeaway: The USPTO now charges a fee for certain requests to delete goods, services, or classes not used in commerce from a registration.

As of January 2, 2021, the USPTO implemented a fee for requests to delete goods and services from a registration after a section 8 or 71 declaration is filed but before acceptance.

The USPTO asserts that this new fee implementation “will improve the integrity of the register by encouraging registrants to: Determine sooner the goods, services, or classes in the registration for which their registered trademark is no longer in use; Delete those goods, services, or classes from the registration before filing or within their section 8 or 71 declaration; More quickly comply with statutory requirements regarding claims of use.”