15 U.S. Code § 1141k - Duration, affidavits and fees

(a) Time periods for required affidavits
Each extension of protection for which a certificate has been issued under section 1141i of this title shall remain in force for the term of the international registration upon which it is based, except that the extension of protection of any mark shall be canceled by the Director unless the holder of the international registration files in the United States Patent and Trademark Office affidavits that meet the requirements of subsection (b), within the following time periods:
(1) Within the 1-year period immediately preceding the expiration of 6 years following the date of issuance of the certificate of extension of protection.
(2) Within the 1-year period immediately preceding the expiration of 10 years following the date of issuance of the certificate of extension of protection, and each successive 10-year period following the date of issuance of the certificate of extension of protection.
(3) The holder may file the affidavit required under this section within a grace period of 6 months after the end of the applicable time period established in paragraph (1) or (2), together with the fee described in subsection (b) and the additional grace period surcharge prescribed by the Director.
(b) Requirements for affidavit
The affidavit referred to in subsection (a) shall—
(1)
(A) state that the mark is in use in commerce;
(B) set forth the goods and services recited in the extension of protection on or in connection with which the mark is in use in commerce;
(C) be accompanied by such number of specimens or facsimiles showing current use of the mark in commerce as may be required by the Director; and
(D) be accompanied by the fee prescribed by the Director; or
(2)
(A) set forth the goods and services recited in the extension of protection on or in connection with which the mark is not in use in commerce;
(B) include a showing that any nonuse is due to special circumstances which excuse such nonuse and is not due to any intention to abandon the mark; and
(C) be accompanied by the fee prescribed by the Director.
(c) Deficient affidavit
If any submission filed within the period set forth in subsection (a) is deficient, including that the affidavit was not filed in the name of the holder of the international registration, the deficiency may be corrected after the statutory time period, within the time prescribed after notification of the deficiency. Such submission shall be accompanied by the additional deficiency surcharge prescribed by the Director.
(d) Notice of requirement
Special notice of the requirement for such affidavit shall be attached to each certificate of extension of protection.
(e) Notification of acceptance or refusal
The Director shall notify the holder of the international registration who files any affidavit required by this section of the Director’s acceptance or refusal thereof and, in the case of a refusal, the reasons therefor.
(f) Designation of resident for service of process and notices
If the holder of the international registration of the mark is not domiciled in the United States, the holder may designate, by a document filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the name and address of a person resident in the United States on whom may be served notices or process in proceedings affecting the mark. Such notices or process may be served upon the person so designated by leaving with that person or mailing to that person a copy thereof at the address specified in the last designation so filed. If the person so designated cannot be found at the last designated address, or if the holder does not designate by a document filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office the name and address of a person resident in the United States on whom may be served notices or process in proceedings affecting the mark, such notices or process may be served on the Director.

Source

(July 5, 1946, ch. 540, title XII, § 71, as added Pub. L. 107–273, div. C, title III, § 13402,Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1919; amended Pub. L. 111–146, § 3(d)(2),Mar. 17, 2010, 124 Stat. 68.)
Amendments

2010—Pub. L. 111–146amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to required affidavits and fees, contents of affidavit, notification of Director’s acceptance or refusal, and service of notice or process.

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