On July 2, 2019, the Trademark Office at the USPTO published a Final Rule stating that as of August 3, 2019, a trademark applicant would be required to reveal where he or she sleeps at night. I found this shocking at the time, and even now after the passage of almost a year, my sense of shock has not subsided.
What is this current status of this “tell us where you sleep at night?” requirement? Where did it come from exactly? To what extent can an applicant somehow protect his or her privacy and hold back from having to reveal where he or she sleeps at night?
In this much-too-long blog article I do the best I can to answer these questions. Continue reading