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When can other private parties oppose my trademark application with the United States Trademark Office?
After publication in the Official Gazette (e.g., approximately 6 to 12 months after filing a trademark for registration), there is a 30-day period in which the public may object to the registration of the mark by filing an opposition. An opposition is similar to a court proceeding, but is held before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a United States Trademark Office administrative tribunal. A third party who is considering filing an opposition may first file a request for an extension of time to file the opposition, which could delay further action on your application.
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If no opposition is filed or if 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 registration certificate about 12 weeks after publication, if the application is based upon the actual use of the mark in commerce. When you request to register your trademark through Trademarkia, an attorney representing you can help you navigate the process. Click here to get started in applying for your trademark through Trademarkia.