Declarations of Use

Plain Writing Act of 2010

I do not believe this proposed "reformatting" of the trademark declaration complies with the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (the Act) (Public Law 111-274), which the President signed into law on October 13, 2010. As defined in the Act, plain writing is writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and consistent with other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience. See OMB Guidance of April 13, 2011. Such writing avoids jargon, redundancy, ambiguity, and obscurity. In this case, the target audience is not attorneys, but trademark owners who are seeking to obtain trademark registration, and who may or may not be represented by counsel



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Idea No. 111