Riding the tidal wave: USPTO faces 10% rise in trademark applications

By Tim Lince
With a 10% rise in trademark applications mostly spurred by Chinese filings flooding the USPTO in 2017, questions have been raised about whether the office can cope with this influx – both now and in the future.


With the US economy booming, the USPTO remains one of the most important destinations for brand owners around the world. Following the inauguration of US President Donald Trump in January 2017, some users expressed concern about how presidential policy initiatives might negatively affect the USPTO. In particular, worries were voiced over the prospect of future fee diversion and the possible impact of Trump’s proposal to cancel two regulations for every new regulation implemented. In many ways, the office was sailing into uncharted waters.

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