MAINTAINING YOUR TRADEMARK 

Your trademark registration shall be in force for (10) years, and may be renewed for periods of ten (10) years.  To maintain your trademark registration, you need to submit the following: 

*Declaration of Actual Use and proof of use (e.g., labels, brochures, and other evidence that you are using the mark) within three (3) years from the date of filing your application.

*Declaration of Actual Use and proof of use within one (1) year from the 5th anniversary of the date of registration of your mark.

Actual use of the mark in commerce is very important because if you are not using the mark in your business, your mark will be removed from the trademarks register.  To prove use of the mark, you need to submit the declarations of use within the prescribed period.

A trademark right is a private right and the trademark owner needs to take charge of the monitoring and enforcement of this right.

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