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H.R.3713: To amend the Trademark Act of 1946 to provide for the registration of marks consisting of a flag, coat of arms, or other official insignia of the United States or of any State or local government, and for other purposes.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about commerce
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Sponsor Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.
Total Cosponsors 1 (All Republicans)
Introduced Dec. 12, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 27, 2014
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Bill Summary

Amends trademark registration criteria under the Trademark Act of 1946 to specify that the United States, or any state, municipality, county, political subdivision, or other governmental authority in the United States, may register with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a trademark that consists of, or comprises, its own flag, coat of arms, or other official insignia. (Currently, an applicant's trademark registration is subject to refusal if the mark consists of, or comprises, the flag or coat of arms or other insignia of the United States, or of any state or municipality, or of any foreign nation.)

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 27, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
Dec. 12, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.