Additional Requirements for Intent-to-Use Applications



United States Patent and Trademark Office

Additional Requirements for Intent-to-use Applications


An applicant who files its application based on having a bona fide intention to use a mark in commerce must make use of the mark in commerce before the mark can register. After use in commerce begins, the applicant must submit:

  • three specimens evidencing use as discussed above;
  • a fee per class of goods or services in the application; and
  • either (1) an AMENDMENT TO ALLEGE USE if the application has not yet been approved for publication (use PTO Form 1579) or (2) a STATEMENT OF USE if the mark has been published and the PTO has issued a NOTICE OF ALLOWANCE (use PTO Form 1580).

If the applicant will not make use of the mark in commerce within six months of the NOTICE OF ALLOWANCE, the applicant must file a REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE A STATEMENT OF USE, or the application is abandoned. (Use PTO Form 1581, which is intended only for this purpose.)

See the instructions and information on the back of the forms. The previous information about specimens, identifications of goods and services and dates of use is also relevant to filing an AMENDMENT TO ALLEGE USE or STATEMENT OF USE. Follow the instructions on these forms carefully. Failure to file the necessary papers in proper form within the time provided may result in abandonment of the application.


Last Modified: 31 July 1995

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