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What is an Office Action and and can I overcome it?

Updated: Nov 7, 2021


Within a few months after filing, your application will be assigned to an examining attorney on the USPTO staff. The examining attorney will review your trademark application, check whether it is complete, conduct a trademark search of the USPTO database to see if an identical or similar mark has been registered or applied for in the same class or related classes of goods and services and decide whether, in his or her opinion, the mark you have applied to register is registrable.


​If the examiner sees a problem, he or she will issue an office action, explaining why the examiner is refusing to register your mark, explaining the


issues(s), and what you may be able to do to address each issue. The office action normally provides a 6-month period in which to respond, but it is a good idea to assess the problem promptly upon receipt of the office action.


An office action does not mean that your trademark application is not going to register or that you should just let it go. It is merely a part of the trademark registration process, and some issues may be overcome rather easily, with the right advice, and inexpensively. Some of the simpler issues are a description of the mark, color claim, improper specimen, request for more information, translation request. If you face a slightly more complicated objection, for example, a confusion refusal or a descriptiveness refusal, then you would need professional help and advice.


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