The process of filing a trademark begins with an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Once the application is published, a 30-day opposition period begins, during which time anyone who believes the trademark could damage their business may file a formal opposition. In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of trademark applications — the USPTO reports that there were 92,608 trademark applications in December 2020, a 172% increase compared to [...]
Choosing the right goods and services is one of the most important parts of filing a trademark application. All applicants should be positive that they have included all relevant goods and services for any products that will use the trademark. If an error has been made in this portion of the application, you may be wondering, “can I change the goods and services listed in my trademark application?” While you cannot make blanket changes to the goods and services [...]
Trademark applications filed as “intent to use applications” require that a Statement of Use and an acceptable Specimen of Use are filed prior to the registration of the mark. The Statement of Use states that the trademark is currently in use in interstate commerce. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allows applicants to file one extension request either alongside or after the statement of use, but the extension must be filed in the same 6-month period that [...]
An insurance extension of time is a type of “insurance” for intent-to-use trademark applications when a Statement of Use (SOU) is filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This type of extension is a common way to have an additional six months to cure any problems with the specimen of use filed and hopefully, avoid the expense and hassle of filing a new application. What is an insurance extension of time? Many intellectual property trademark filers use [...]
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