Although a trademark may be federally registered with the USPTO, they can still be subject to cancellation by a party with the proper grounds to request one. In summary, any person or business who believes they can be damaged by the use of the trademark can file a petition to cancel the trademark. If the party petitioning the cancellation wins, the trademark’s federal registration will be cancelled. If the registered party wins, they retain their legal rights to the trademark.
When filing a petition of cancellation or dealing with one you’ve received, seeking out an experienced lawyer can help clarify, expedite the process, and ensure it will go as smoothly as possible. An attorney can also give you added comfort in knowing that you’ll be taken care of in the unfortunate event of a cancellation. Our seasoned trademark attorneys at IBC Law Firm are well-versed in trademark cancellation notices and can help you handle yours.