The trademark process can be complex, and even experienced trademark attorneys sometimes receive Office Actions from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). An Office Action is basically a letter from the USPTO expressing concerns or issues about your trademark application.
One common issue is that the proposed trademark may be too similar to a trademark already registered with the USPTO. Another common problem is when the trademark is considered “merely descriptive” of the services.
In many cases, it may be possible to overcome the objections raised by the USPTO and move forward with your trademark registration.
If you receive an Office Action, it is important to understand what it means and how to respond. The first step is to consult with a qualified trademark attorney who can help you navigate the process and make the best decision for your business. However, if you ignore an Office Action or attempt to respond without professional help, you risk having your trademark application denied.
At our law firm, we offer affordable consultations to help our clients understand the implications of an Office Action they have received and explore their options to make informed decisions about their trademark application. We will review the Office Action with you and advise you on the best course of action to move forward with obtaining a trademark registration for your business.