I owned a trademark about 10 years ago. I let it expire when the economy crashed and it is now listed as dead. What is the process to reactivate it?

Kara B. ∙ December 6, 2018

A registered trademark requires maintenance documents to be filed at regular intervals to stay alive. Documents are due between the 5th and 6th years of registration, and every ten years after registration. If you miss your filing deadline, there is a six-month grace period in which filings can be completed with an additional USPTO surcharge. If you have missed the deadline and the grace period, there is typically no opportunity to revive the registration and you will have to start all over again with a new application.

You may try to contact the USPTO directly to see if it is possible to revive the registration; otherwise, LegalZoom would be able to assist by submitting a new application to the USPTO on your behalf.

If you have further questions, please contact us at 888-381-8758.


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