Trademark Counterclaim: A Counterattack for TTAB Oppositions and Cancellations

What is a trademark counterclaim? Is the best defense a strong offense? When it comes to TTAB oppositions and cancellations, it may make sense to consider filing a counterclaim against the plaintiff. Monetary relief is unavailable in TTAB proceedings. A potential TTAB counterclaim, therefore, will typically seek to cancel trademark registrations owned by the petitioner […]

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How to Respond to a Notice of Opposition to Your Trademark Application

What is a Notice of Opposition to your trademark application? When your trademark application is approved by the USPTO, it will be published for opposition. During that time period, a third party might oppose the registration of your trademark by filing a notice of opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). The opposition […]

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What is a Section 1(a) use-based trademark application?

What is a use-based trademark application? A trademark application must always identify whether the mark has already been used on the goods or services. One common problem is that trademark filers think their mark has been used when, in fact, the opposite is true. The question of whether a trademark has actually been used can […]

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TTAB Trademark Opposition: What You Should Know

Should you file a trademark opposition? A trademark application is close to the finish line. A few more days left in the publication period, and the mark will be on its way to registration. Should you file a Notice of Opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). What does a TTAB trademark opposition […]

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Who is the trademark applicant?

Who should be identified as the applicant in a trademark application? In every trademark application filed with the USPTO, an applicant must be properly identified. This seemingly straightforward question can be somewhat confusing for trademark filers. Should the company or the individual be identified? What if there are multiple individuals involved in the business? The […]

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Who is the trademark examining attorney?

Is the trademark examiner a licensed attorney? Yes, trademark examiners at the USPTO are licensed attorneys at law. That is why they are called examining attorneys as opposed to trademark examiners. Unlike a patent examiner who most likely did not go to law school, your trademark application will be reviewed by an examining attorney who […]

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