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A trademark does not have a specific expiration date. As long as the proper maintenance documents and fees are paid – and the trademark is actually being used for the registered uses – then the trademark will not expire.
There is no limitation on a federal trademark registration duration.
To have a federal trademark registration not expire, maintenance documents and fees must be submitted during the following time periods: between the 5th and 6th years after the registration date; then between the 9th and 10th years after the registration date; and then every 10 years.
In the time period of the 5th and 6th year a Section 8 Declaration of Use and/or Excusable Nonuse is required. In the time period of the 9th and 10th year and every 10 year period after that, a Section 8 Declaration of Use and/or Excusable Nonuse is required and a Section 9 Renewal is required.
To determine when maintenance documents and renewal fees are due, search for the trademark in TESS (Trademark Electronic Search System). When the trademark is viewed in TESS, click on the TSDR (Trademark Status & Document Retrieval) button and then click on the Maintenance tab to view when maintenance documents are due. Or, if the Serial Number or Registration Number of the trademark is known, then the trademark can be searched directly in TSDR and the Maintenance tab clicked when viewed within TSDR for the dates for the maintenance documents and renewal fees.
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