• Ensuring Trademark Protection in U.S. Territories and Possessions-Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands
  • May 11, 2010 | Authors: Peter J. Bilinski; Christopher E. Blank; Keith E. Danish; Thomas R. FitzGerald; Mark Peroff
  • Law Firms: Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - Syracuse Office ; Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - Rochester Office ; Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - New York Office ; Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - Rochester Office ; Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - New York Office
  • Companies doing business in U.S. territories and possessions can protect their trademarks by obtaining Federal trademark registrations, since the U.S. Trademark Act extends protection of registered trademarks to all territories which are under the jurisdiction and control of the United States of America. A Federal trademark registration can be obtained on the basis of use of a mark within a U.S. territory or use of a mark between the U.S. and a territory, e.g., shipments of trademarked goods from New York to San Juan. It is highly advisable to obtain a Federal trademark registration whenever possible, because of the many benefits such registrations provide to a trademark owner.