Domestic Representative (Trademarks)


A trademark applicant or registration not domiciled in the United States may file a document designating the name and address of a domestic representative on whom may be served notices or process in proceedings affecting the mark.  This is different from a power of attorney and the domestic representative does not automatically have authority to act on notices and processes. The designation serves a different purpose, namely, to bring foreign applicants, registrants and parties under the jurisdiction of the United States legal system.

The domestic representative may be an individual or a "juristic person" such as a firm, corporation, union, association, or other organization capable of suing and being sued in a court of law.   Smith & Hopen will generally offer to accept appointment as "domestic representative" at no additional professional charge beyond the professional charge for the action taken.
Smith Hopen Intellectual Property Term Glossary Definition for Domestic Representative (Trademarks)

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