What is an Application for Renewal?
An application for renewal (also known as a Section 9 renewal application) relates to trademarks that have been federally registered pursuant to the Lanham Act. Specifically, it is a document requesting that the federal registration be renewed. The application must be filed before the end of every ten year period after the date the trademark was registered, and a required filing fee must be included. If an application for renewal is not filed within this timeline, the mark’s registration will not be renewed.
This renewal application is known as a Section 9 renewal application because the section of the Lanham Act which requires and details the application is section 1059 (specifically, 15 U.S.C. 1059), which is commonly referred to as Section 9 of the Lanham Act.