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USPTO Trademark Office Action Responses: Section 2(d) Refusal

  If you applied to register your trademark, you may receive a notice in your e-mail inbox that looks like this: UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE (USPTO) IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING YOUR U.S. TRADEMARK APPLICATION USPTO OFFICE ACTION (OFFICIAL LETTER) HAS ISSUED ON 00/00/2016 FOR U.S. APPLICATION SERIAL NO.0000000 Please follow the instructions below: (1)  TO READ THE [...]

Trademark Office Actions: Analyzing a Likelihood of Confusion Refusal

If you have filed a trademark application, there is a chance the United States Patent and Trademark Office may deny your application based on a prior trademark that another person or company registered before you filed your trademark application. This is called a "likelihood of confusion" rejection under Section 2(d) of the Lanham Act, the [...]

How to Respond to Descriptiveness Refusal on a Trademark Application

By: Eric Perrott, Esq. Did your company receive an Office Action refusing your trademark registration based on the grounds that it is “merely descriptive” under Section 2(e)(1) of the Lanham Act? Read the article below carefully before accepting the Examiner’s “descriptiveness” decision. A USPTO Office Action can delay, or even prevent, the registration of [...]

How to Respond to A Trademark Office Action

If you’ve received an Office action from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) after you’ve submitted your trademark application, you may very well be wondering “What do I do now?” The USPTO, by issuing an Office action, is pointing out a problem with your application - one that may lead to its refusal [...]

Understanding Common USPTO Office Actions

Upon reviewing your trademark application, the United States Patent & Trademark Office might have a question, a required clarification, or, issue a refusal of your application.  If they do, they’ll contact you through what’s called an “office action.” Before getting into the specifics of some common office actions, these are the general facts you should [...]