OA Hacks Ad 1 Most TM Rejections Are DIY / How to Analyze TM Rejection 2019-06-07

Hey, did you know that most trademark rejections can be handled without an attorney? I’m Angela Langlotz and I’m a trademark attorney. I do help a lot of trademark applicants overcome their trademark rejections, but most of the rejections that…

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Hey, did you know that most trademark rejections can be handled without an attorney? I’m Angela Langlotz and I’m a trademark attorney. I do help a lot of trademark applicants overcome their trademark rejections, but most of the rejections that I see actually don’t need an attorney for you to be able to respond to them. So I’d like to show you what I mean. I’m going to shrink myself into the corner here and show you my screen. Okay, so I’m at the US Patent and Trademark Office website. I’m going to scoot this over a little bit so you can see what I’m doing. Okay, so let’s go look up a trademark. And this trademark actually got a rejections. I’m going to go to searching trademarks, and you can do this too for yours, by the way. And I’m going to search the trademark database. Now I have the serial number.

If you don’t have yours, you can actually go look at that email that the trademark office sent you and you’ll find your serial number there. So let’s go search on basic word mark. We’re going to paste in the serial number here, and then we’re going to search on serial number and we’re going to pull up this office action trademark rejection so I can look at it with you. Now if we go to this Tsdr here, we can see the entire file history. So we’re going to click on it. We’re going to go to documents tab right here, and we’re going to have a look at the office action, also known as trademark rejection right here.

Now when we look at this, you’ll notice that the trademark examiner actually tells you exactly what you need to do to respond. So here we’re given the deadline. The deadline is always six months, but I recommend that you answer as soon as possible because if you don’t, it just delays the whole thing. And there’s no reason not to get your trademark application moving again. That’s just silly. So there’s always a summary of issues here. Now, every single one of these issues can be responded to by the applicant if only the applicant knew how. And I’m going to tell you more about that in a second. But let’s look at these rejections. So here are the issues. This specimen is illegible. This specimen is unacceptable. So there is a specimen issue. In other words, there’s problems with the proof that they’re submitting of their use of the mark.

The mark image is unclear. So that’s part of the, the problem with this application is that apparently they submitted a mark drawing, we call it the drawing, that was unclear. So that needs to be corrected. And then there was an amendment needed to the color claim. So apparently there was some issue with the color claim. These poor people had so many issues here, but they’re all fixable. There’s no reason to abandon this application. There’s a question about the services and how those are identified and there’s also a disclaimer required and a name portrait or signature statement. So there’s all kinds of issues here. I think this is probably the most issues I’ve ever seen in any trademark rejection. But the good news is that all of these are solvable.

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Let me put myself back on camera here. So I see a lot of trademark applicants who would see this summary of issues and just give up. But the good news is you can respond to a trademark rejection on your own. If you’re interested in learning more about how to do that, click the button and you’ll be sent to some information that I’ve provided because I’m tired of seeing people abandon their applications without reason. It doesn’t make any sense. You’ve come this far, you’ve spent the filing fee. Why not see it through? So the information that I’m showing you is going to tell you whether or not you can actually respond on your own, and it’s going to offer you some information about that. So I’ll see you there.

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