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USPTO Reduces Time Allowed for Action Item Responses to Three Months

Posted by Michael Rada | Oct 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recently, the USPTO announced that it is reducing the amount of time allowed for trademark applicants to respond to office actions. Here is the text from the USPTO website:

Beginning on December 3, 2022, instead of the current six months, trademark applicants will have three months (with a possible three-month extension) to respond to an office action issued during the examination of a trademark application at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This same change will go into effect for post-registration office actions on October 7, 2023. By shortening the response time, the USPTO intends to:

  • Decrease the time it takes to get and maintain a registration
  • Provide the flexibility to request additional time to respond to more complex office actions

Previously, we announced an earlier date for these changes. We've now placed a final rule in the reading room of the Federal Register Notice that explains why we changed the dates and provides more information for applicants.

Read more about the new deadline to respond.

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​Michael Rada is the owner-attorney of the Law Offices of Michael Rada, LLC. He is admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois. Michael also can practice trademark law in all 50 states as trademarks are covered by federal law. ​Michael's practice is f...


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