After a trademark application has been preliminarily approved by the USPTO examining attorney, the pending application will be published for opposition – i.e., made available during a 30-day window, which can be extended, for any third party to file a challenge called a Notice of Opposition.  The filing of the Notice of Opposition creates a trademark opposition proceeding before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) with deadlines set in a scheduling order.

Here’s a helpful article on how to respond to a TTAB Notice of Opposition.

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Vic Lin

Vic Lin

Startup Patent Attorney | IP Chair at Innovation Capital Law Group
We love working with startups and small businesses. I help entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property so they can reach their business goals.