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What is the review process after submitting a trademark application?

The review process after submitting a trademark application is a meticulous one. Once you submit your application through the USPTO's Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), a clerk assigns a number to your case and it enters the review process. This process is stringent and has strict deadlines. It's important to note that the information on your application becomes public and the filing fee is non-refundable, even if your application isn't approved. If your application is accepted, you'll receive a notice of publication with the publication date. Following this, there is a 30-day period during which anyone who feels damaged by your mark can take legal action. If there's no opposition, the trademark fits all guidelines, and it's not already being used by another entity, the USPTO will issue a registration certificate in about 11 weeks. In the case of an intent to use registration, you'll receive a notice of allowance and you'll have six months to start using the mark in commerce. If you can't meet this deadline, you can request a six-month extension. Once you start using your trademark in commerce, you'll need to send a specimen, an example of your trademark in use, to the USPTO.
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