What happens if I do not renew my trademark?

A trademark is a symbol, phrase, design, or combination of these that identifies the source of goods and services, and distinguishes them from those of others. A trademark must be used in commerce to be valid, and its owner must take steps to maintain and renew it.

If a trademark owner does not renew their trademark registration, it will expire and be removed from the trademark registry. This means that the owner will lose the exclusive right to use the trademark in connection with the goods and services identified in the registration. Once a trademark is expired, it is available for others to use and register, potentially creating confusion in the marketplace and diluting the value of the original trademark.

Trademark owners must renew their trademarks at specific intervals, typically every ten years. The requirements for a trademark renewal vary by jurisdiction, but typically include filing a renewal application and paying a fee, demonstrating that the trademark is still in use in commerce, and providing evidence that the trademark is still in use and not abandoned.

If a trademark owner misses the deadline to renew their trademark, they may be able to file for a late renewal, but this will depend on the jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of the case. It is important for trademark owners to be aware of the renewal deadlines for their trademarks and to take the necessary steps to keep their trademarks in good standing.