Office Action

A Trademark Examining Attorney usually examines the application within approximately five to six months. If there are no issues with the application, the Examining Attorney will issue a Notice of Publication. On the other hand, the Examining Attorney may raise issues with the application and issue an Office Action. The applicant must respond to the Office Action by the deadline set forth, typically six months, or the application will become abandoned. An Office Action may raise a variety of issues. The most common issues are: likelihood of confusion with another registered trademark or pending trademark application, the mark is merely descriptive of the goods or services recited in the application, requirements for disclaimers, and/or objections to the recitation of goods and/or services.

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