The US PTO is now acting on its goal to incentivize accuracy in the US trademark registration records.  Effective January 2, 2021, the USPTO implemented a fee for requests to delete goods, services, or classes from a registration during the examination of a maintenance filing or during an audit.  The fee details are shown in the below Trademark Alert issued by the US PTO.  Clearly the US PTO is targeting “deadwood” registrations and/or registrations not supported by use in order to clean up the register.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Post registration fees

New fee for deleting goods, services, and/or classes from a registration after submitting a section 8 or 71 declaration, but before the declaration is accepted: $250 per class if filed through TEAS.  There is no fee if you electronically file a section 7 request to amend your registration before submitting a section 8 or 71 declaration and only delete goods, services, and/or classes in the request (otherwise, the current fee for filing a section 7 request through TEAS is $100). Read below about why we implemented a fee for certain requests to delete goods, services, and/or classes.