TMEP 1606.07: Execution of §9 Renewal Application

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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1606.07    Execution of §9 Renewal Application

Under 37 C.F.R. §2.183(a), a renewal application must be signed by “the registrant or the registrant’s representative.” Verification is not required.

Generally, the USPTO does not question the authority of the person who signs a renewal application, unless there is an inconsistency in the record as to the signatory’s authority to sign.

The Trademark Act and the Trademark Rules of Practice do not require that a renewal application be executed within any particular time period. Therefore, the USPTO will accept undated renewal applications, and will not issue any inquiry or requirement regarding the date of execution of a renewal application.

See TMEP §1604.08(b) regarding the date of execution of the §8 affidavit or declaration and §1606.12 regarding signature of a response to an Office action issued in connection with a renewal application.