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FTC to update Textile Rules to reduce compliance costs for businesses

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 22, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 18 that it is updating the Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules).

The Textile Rule, as it currently exists, requires marketers to label certain textile products with disclosures regarding the name under which the manufacturer does business, as well as other important information.

In an effort to reduce Textile Rule compliance costs, the FTC sought public comments in June 2017. Tthe agency asked commenters to voice opinions on proposed amendments to the rule. The agency then analyzed the comments it received and is currently updating the rule to eliminate what it deems an obsolete provision, the mandate that before house word trademarks can be used on product labels, the trademark owners must supply the FTC with a copy of the mark’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office registration.

The FTC voted 2-0 to approve the Federal Register notice, which makes the final amendments to the Textile Rule. Jock Chung of the Bureau of Consumer Protection is the staff contact for the case.

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