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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is amending the Rules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act to remove the requirement that registered trademarks, which are used as companies’ “house marks,” need to be registered with the FTC in order to use the mark on labels as dealer identification.
Background: The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and its Rules and Regulations require textile products to be labeled with the fiber content, country of origin and the name under which the manufacturer or other responsible company does business (or the company’s registered identification number ‘‘RN number’’). In the past, trademarks were only allowed to be used in lieu of company names if the company filed a copy of their United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registration with the FTC.
As reported in July, the FTC sought public comment on the proposal to remove the requirement to register Trademarks with the FTC.
The Commission has now issued a final rule that the revision to allow House marks to be used as dealer identification without requiring the mark to be registered with the FTC. This change was made due to the Commission recognizing that registered house marks can be found by searching online or at the USPTO’s Website (www.uspto.gov).
The effective date is February 22, 2018.
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