§47-2-15. Forum for actions regarding registration; service on out-of-state registrants.
(a) Actions to require cancellation of a mark registered pursuant to this article or in mandamus to compel registration of a mark pursuant to this article shall be brought in the circuit court of Kanawha County. In an action in mandamus, the proceeding shall be based solely upon the record before the secretary. In an action for cancellation, the secretary shall not be made a party to the proceeding but shall be notified of the filing of the complaint by the clerk of the court in which it is filed and shall be given the right to intervene in the action.

(b) In any action brought against a nonresident registrant, service may be effected by service upon the registrant in accordance with the provisions of this code and the rules of civil procedure which prescribe the manner in which service upon nonresidents may be obtained.