Responding to a Final Office Action

What Is a Final Office Action? A Final Office Action is an official letter issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).  A Final Office Action issues when the applicant has filed response to a first office action, but did not resolve the original grounds for rejection.  In this Final Office Action [...]

What is a Trademark Disclaimer?

What Is a Trademark Disclaimer? If you are reading this, you likely have an office action that is requiring a trademark disclaimer.  The Examining Attorney at the Trademark Office will not allow your trademark application until you enter a disclaimer of a portion of the trademark or service mark.  A trademark disclaimer is a [...]

What is the Trademark Supplemental Register?

What Is the Trademark Supplemental Register? If you are reading this, you likely have an office action rejecting your trademark under Section 2(e) of the Trademark Act for being merely descriptive or geographically descriptive. Or, you have a distinctiveness rejection for a shape, color, or trade dress mark.  One possible way around the rejection [...]

How to Respond to Trademark Office Action – Prior-Filed Application Rejection

How to Respond to Trademark Office Action – Prior-Filed Application Rejection A Prior-Filed Application notice means that another pending trademark application is blocking yours.  Someone else filed an application before your application date, and the earlier application is similar enough to yours to be a grounds for rejection.  Trademark [...]