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What is a Section 9 renewal application?

A Section 9 renewal application (also known as an application for renewal) 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 Section 8 renewal 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 the application is not filed within this timeframe, 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 details the application is section 1059 (specifically, 15 U.S.C. 1059), which is commonly referred to as Section 9 of the Lanham Act.