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Intellectual Property Law

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Western New England University School of Law

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Intent To Use: A Failed Experiment?, Amy B. Cohen Jan 2001

Intent To Use: A Failed Experiment?, Amy B. Cohen

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When Congress enacted the Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988 ("TLRA"), it made the first truly radical change in trademark law since the passage of the Lanham Act in 1946. By adding Section 1(b) to the Lanham Act allowing applications for federal trademark registration to be based on an intent to use the mark, Congress for the first time provided a way to apply for federal trademark registration before actual use of a trademark. Congress made this change to bring United States law into closer conformity with the practice elsewhere in the world where use is not a prerequisite ...