Atlanta, GA asked in Trademark for Georgia

Q: How would i go about renewing a trademark that has been abandoned? it belonged to a friend that has recently passed

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William Scott Goldman
William Scott Goldman
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Washington, DC

A: Well, first off: sorry for your loss. If it's a federal registration that has been abandoned, there could be a 'grace period' for revival. But unless you were in business together, claiming continuous use in commerce could be difficult, unless there's excusable non use. If nobody else has superior rights, registration in your own name or business name may be possible. But unless you're already using it in commerce at the time of application, you'll need to have a bona fide intention to use the mark. Please call or email if you're interested in moving forward with any of the above.

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