Renewal Application (Trademark) Law and Legal Definition

Pursuant to 15 USCS § 1059, renewal application is a sworn document, filed by the owner of a registration, to avoid the expiration of a registration. Federal trademark registrations remain in force for 10 years, and may be renewed for 10 year periods. Trademark registrations issued or renewed prior to 1989 remain in force for 20 years, and can be renewed for 10 year periods. Trademark owners have 18 months to file a renewal application. The renewal application can be filed one year prior to the registration expiration date or during the 6-month grace period immediately after the date of expiration. If the renewal application is not filed or is filed after the grace period ends, the registration will expire. There will be a renewal fee after every 10 months and a penalty if renewed during the six months grace period.