The United States Patent and Trademark Office (the USPTO) will soon reduce the time applicants have to respond to office actions for trademark applications.
Starting December 3 2022, applicants will have three months to respond to an office action. The response deadline can be extended by an additional three months by payment of an additional fee of 125 USD and submission of the appropriate form. Currently, applicants have six months to file a response to an office action. The new shortened response period will not apply to Madrid Protocol applications.
The USPTO states that one reason for the change is to reduce the time it takes to prosecute a trademark application.
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