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H.R. 6695 - Trademark Licensing Protection Act of 2018

Sponsor: Steve Chabot (R)
Introduced: 2018-08-31
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6695


    To clarify that the licensing of a mark, and any control or exercise of control thereof for certain purposes, does not create an employment or principal-agent relationship, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 31, 2018

    Mr. Chabot (for himself and Mr. Cuellar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

    To clarify that the licensing of a mark, and any control or exercise of control thereof for certain purposes, does not create an employment or principal-agent relationship, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Trademark Licensing Protection Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Licensing of marks for use by related companies.

Title I of the Act entitled “An Act to provide for the registration and protection of trademarks used in commerce, to carry out the provisions of certain international conventions, and for other purposes”, approved July 5, 1946 (15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq.), commonly referred to as the “Trademark Act of 1946” or the “Lanham Act” is amended by adding after section 5 the following new section:

    LICENSING OF MARKS FOR USE BY RELATED COMPANIES

“Sec. 5A. (a) The licensing of a mark for use by a related company, and any control or exercise of control over thereof for the purpose of preserving the goodwill, reputation, uniformity, or expectation of the public of the nature and quality of goods or services associated with the mark, may not be construed as establishing an employment or principal-agent relationship between the owner of the mark and the related company.

“(b) For the purposes of this section, the term ‘employment or principal-agent relationship’ means any type of joint employer relationship, single employer relationship, alter ego relationship, successorship relationship, or other employment-related or principal-agent liability status or relationship.”.


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