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What is a Notice of Allowance in a trademark filing with the United States Trademark Office?

If no opposition is filed or you successfully overcome an opposition, you do not need to take any action for the application to enter the next stage of the process. Absent any opposition-related filings, the United States Trademark Office generally will issue a Notice of Allowance about 8 weeks after publication.

A Notice of Allowance indicates that your mark has been allowed, but does not mean that it has registered. As the next step to registration, within 6 months of the issue date of the Notice of Allowance you must:

  • Submit a “Statement of Use” if you filed based on intent to use and are now using the mark in commerce;
  • Begin using the mark in commerce and then submit a “Statement of Use;” or
  • Submit a six-month “Request for an Extension of Time to File a Statement of Use” if you need additional time to begin using the mark in commerce. 

When you request to register your trademark through Trademarkia, an attorney representing you can help you navigate the process.

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