What is a partial refusal?

What is a partial refusal in a trademark Office Action? A trademark Office Action with a partial refusal can be a mix of good news and bad news. The bad news is that a portion of your mark is being rejected. The good news is that the remainder of your trademark application is acceptable. In […]

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Trademark application rejections: Reasons why and how to respond

Why do trademark applications get rejected? Most trademark applications are not approved on their first go-around according to USPTO trademark statistics. Only 34.4% of TEAS Plus applications and 16.3% of TEAS RF applications receive a “first action approval” (as of the date of this post). That means that Office Actions are issued against the vast […]

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Prior-filed application: How to deal with suspension

What is a prior-filed application? A prior-filed application is a trademark application with an earlier filing date than yours. If the USPTO trademark examining attorney sees a potential likelihood of confusion between your mark and that of the earlier-filed application, the examining attorney will note the prior-pending application in an Office Action [see TMEP 716.02(c)]. […]

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What is likelihood of confusion?

What is the purpose of a trademark? A trademark serves to indicate the source of goods or services (in this post, I’ll refer to both goods and services collectively as “products” for simplicity). A trademark may comprise words and/or┬álogos used in connection with the sale of goods or services. In rare cases, a trademark may […]

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What is a trademark Office Action?

What is a trademark Office Action? A trademark Office Action is a letter issued by the USPTO examining attorney assigned to review your trademark application. All issues raised by a trademark examining attorney in an Office Action must be adequately addressed to avoid abandonment of the trademark application. Has my trademark application been rejected? Receiving […]

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How to Respond to a Trademark Office Action

What is a trademark Office Action? A trademark Office Action is a letter issued by the USPTO examining attorney reviewing your trademark application (i.e., the trademark examiner). Here are some practical tips on how to respond to a trademark Office Action. There are generally two types of issues raised in trademark Office Actions: registration refusal; […]

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