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Q.Do I have to renew my trademark registration?

A.Yes. Most state trademark registrations are good for 5 to 10 years, at which time they must be renewed. For federal trademarks, an Affidavit of Use ("Section 8 Affidavit") must be filed between the fifth and sixth year following registration. If the Section 8 Affidavit is timely filed, the registration term is 10 years. However, trademarks registered prior to November 15, 1989, have a 20-year term. This is also true for the renewal periods; renewals granted before November 15, 1989 last 20 years, and renewals granted thereafter last 10 years. Failure to file the Section 8 Affidavit and timely renew your trademark can result in the abandonment of the mark.

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