Owners of U.S. Trademark Registrations may record their registration with U.S. Customs in order to prevent the importation and subsequent sale of counterfeit and/or infringing goods. In order to do so, the registrant must provide the following details:
- Country of manufacture of goods bearing the genuine trademark.
- Is the trademark owner a U.S. citizen (corporate or personal)?
- If not a U.S. citizen, provide the citizenship of trademark owner.
- Names of all parties authorized to apply the trademark and the nature of the relationship to the owner (e.g., licensee, subsidiary, manufacturer, etc.).
- The names of any persons or business entities, foreign or domestic, who use the trademark and a description as to those use(s).
- Is the subject trademark now, or has it ever been, owned, used, or otherwise claimed by the trademark owner outside the United States (this may include a pending registration abroad)?
- If Yes, provide the name of the foreign owner, user or claimant(s).
- Is the subject trademark owned, used or otherwise claimed by any parent company subsidiary, or other entity, foreign or domestic, that is under common control or common ownership with, or shares any common control or common ownership with, the U.S. trademark owner?
- The name(s) of any parent companies, subsidiaries, or other entities, foreign or domestic, that are under common control with, or share any type of ownership interest or relationship with, the U.S. trademark owner.
- A copy of any product identification guides or training materials to help facilitate Customs’ identification of potentially infringing or counterfeit goods. (Optional).
The recordal subsists for the full term of the trademark registration, i.e., ten years after the registration date, at which time the recordal must be renewed.
For existing firm clients who wish to record their U.S. Trademark Registration with U.S. Customs, please provide your instructions along with the above information to your primary firm contact via email, facsimile, or post.