Unlike patents, which expire after a certain period of time and cannot be renewed, federal trademark registrations can be renewed indefinitely as long as the registered mark continues to be used in interstate commerce in association with the goods or services listed in the registration.

The initial term of a federal trademark registration is ten years, at which point the owner can seek to renew the registration for additional ten-year periods. To establish the owner’s continued use of the mark, the owner must provide the United States Patent and Trademark Office with a Declaration of Use and a specimen showing the mark as used in commerce. The application for the first renewal may be filed between the ninth and tenth year after registration.

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