The new #NoTrademarkTrademarks bill is about #FreeTheTrademaps
The new bill, introduced Thursday by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) would require trademark owners to register their trademarks and give them the opportunity to prove they’ve been trademarked.
It’s a huge win for the millions of businesses that rely on the online trademarking system.
But the bill faces significant hurdles, and it’s unlikely to pass Congress.
Lewis is seeking bipartisan support in the House and Senate to move forward.
The new legislation is being considered in part because the new Trump administration has been working with some Republicans to undo a rule issued by the Obama administration that required trademark owners, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to apply for federal trademark registration.
Congress has passed laws to protect trademarks, but the current rule was meant to protect them.
In March, the House passed a resolution that would end the requirement, and the Senate is considering the same measure.
As a result, the Chamber of Business lobbied to have the Obama rule eliminated.
With the new bill in the works, it’s unclear how much of the Obama-era rule is on the chopping block, given the new president’s new administration.
One thing that’s clear is that the Obama rules aren’t going away, said David Weil, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
“The new Trump law is the first step toward the Trump agenda,” he said.
“This bill is not about stopping Trump.
This is about protecting the rights of businesses to use their trademarks.”