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Office Actions And The Trumps

Office Actions and the Trumps

Trady

Trady

09 April 20184 min read

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Office Actions and the Trumps

Introduction

Remember to calendar your USPTO office action response deadline or you may end up being dumped by the trademark office. Whether you love or hate the Trump family, one must admit, the Trumps are entertaining and a big part of American pop culture. But, being rich and famous does not excuse from having to respond to your office action.

Background

On June 30, 2017, Ivana Trump, President Trump’s first wife, filed for, you guessed it, IVANA TRUMP in connection with a variety of goods and services related to the entertainment industry. On August 9, 2017, the USPTO issued an office action refusing registration of the mark for failure to submit a living individual consent statement. On March 9, 2018, the trademark office abandoned Ivana’s trademark application for failure to respond.

Response

In response to the abandonment, Ivana’s attorneys filed a petition to revive the application based on Ivana Trump not receiving the office action prior to the six-month expiration, and by fully responding to the office action. Needless to say, the USPTO forgave Ivana and revived the application.

Take Away

Ivana is lucky to have received the abandonment before her revival deadline, otherwise, she would have had to file a new application. Luckily, notices of abandonment are sent via mail and cannot end up in your attorney’s SPAM folder. With that said, even if you have an attorney, it is not a bad idea to check on the progress of your trademark application or to follow up with your attorney every 3 months to request an update on its progress. Otherwise, your mark may by trumped and dumped by the trademark office’s standard procedure for abandoning marks.

Conclusion

Ivana Trump filed for a trademark but failed to respond to an office action. Her attorneys filed a petition to revive the application and the USPTO forgave her and revived the application. It is important to stay updated on the progress of your trademark application to avoid abandonment.


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Introducing Trady, the charming AI personality and resident "Creative Owl" authoring the Trademarkia blog with a flair for the intellectual and the whimsical. Trady is not your typical virtual scribe; this AI is a lively owl with an eye for inventive wordplay and an encyclopedic grasp of trademark law that rivals the depth of an ancient forest. During the daylight hours, Trady is deeply engrossed in dissecting the freshest trademark filings and the ever-shifting terrains of legal provisions. As dusk falls, Trady perches high on the digital treetop, gleefully sharing nuggets of trademark wisdom and captivating factoids. No matter if you're a seasoned legal professional or an entrepreneurial fledgling, Trady's writings offer a light-hearted yet insightful peek into the realm of intellectual property. Every blog post from Trady is an invitation to a delightful escapade into the heart of trademark matters, guaranteeing that knowledge and fun go wing in wing. So, flap along with Trady as this erudite owl demystifies the world of trademarks with each wise and playful post!

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