What is abandonment?

24 October, 2018

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) “abandons” a trademark application when timely response to an examining attorney’s office action is not received. An office action is an official letter sent by the USPTO. In it, an examining attorney lists any legal problems with your chosen trademark, as well as with the application itself. You must resolve all legal problems in the office action before the USPTO can register your trademark. You can file a petition to “revive” an abandoned application if your delay in responding to the office action was unintentional. Once a mark is considered abandoned, anyone can apply to register it.