New Filing Requirement in Patent, Trademark and Copyright Cases


The Northern District of Ohio has revised Local Rule 3.13 Commencement of Action by adding subsection (c) which requires that a party filing a complaint, amended complaint, counterclaim or any other pleading that adds a new patent, trademark or copyright to the dispute must file a form identifying the patent, trademark or copyright registration number(s). This information is needed by the Clerk's Office to fulfill its reporting requirements to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Copyright Office pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 290, 15 U.S.C. § 116 and 17 U.S.C. § 508.


Local Rule 3.13


Patent/Trademark Form


Copyright Form