My colleague, Bridget Short, recently drafted an alert regarding an option for trademark owners seeking to avoid cancelation of a registration due to a temporary interruption in use and inability to file a declaration of use.

Due to circumstances beyond their control, trademark owners may file a declaration of nonuse setting forth (1) the date when such use of the mark in commerce stopped; (2) the approximate date when such use is expected to resume; and (3) facts to show that nonuse as to those goods, services, or classes is due to special circumstances that excuse the nonuse and is not due to an intention to abandon the mark.  This option may prove useful to trademark owners suffering from disruptions due to the economic effects of the coronavirus.

Read the full alert here.