What happens if I don't respond to a trademark specimen refusal?

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Written by Igor Demcak

Founder & Trademark Attorney

If you don't respond to a trademark specimen refusal issued by the USPTO within the specified deadline, your trademark application may be abandoned. The consequences of that include the loss of your previously paid fees, inability to obtain the registration and the associated rights, and a need for re-application.

It's crucial to take any refusals seriously and respond within the specified deadline to maintain the progress of your trademark application. If you're unable to respond within the deadline, you may consider requesting an extension of time from the USPTO, but this must be done before the initial deadline expires. Additionally, seeking assistance from a trademark attorney can help ensure that you understand the refusal and can prepare a proper response.

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