Do I have to use my trademark?

Yes! The general rule in trademark law is “use it or lose it.” The right of a particular mark grows out of its use but a trademark owner is permitted brief periods of non-use without relinquishing his trademark rights. Abandonment of a particular mark occurs when its use has been discontinued with intent not to resume such use. Intent not to resume may be inferred from circumstances. Nonuse for 3 consecutive years is prima facie evidence of abandonment; however, the trademark owner can rebut the presumption by producing evidence of his intent to resume use “within the reasonably foreseeable future.” “Use” of a mark means the bona fide use of such mark made in the ordinary course of trade, and not made merely to reserve a right in a mark. Token and sporadic use of the mark will not be sufficient to meet the requirement of "use in commerce.”

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