Trademark Suspended - Suspension Inquiry Mailed
U.S. Trademark Application Suspended, Suspension Inquiry by Examiner
SUSPENSION INQUIRY - MAILED, office action; suspended trademark refusal; refusal to register a trademark; suspended trademark application, trademark suspension; trademark application; federal trademark application; federal trademark registration; trademark suspension pending
If you received this notification, your application has been suspended pending the registration of a prior-filed application for a similar mark. Because the prior mark is not registered, it is not grounds for refusal of your registration. But, should the prior application mature into a registration, then it will present an obstacle to your registration. Once that occurs, you will receive an office action refusing registration and you will have an opportunity to argue why your mark might not be confusingly similar.
In the meantime, your application is suspended indefinitely. The Examiner has checked the status of the blocking application, and the status has changed to reflect that the Examiner has checked the status. You need not take any further action at this time.
You may contact the USPTO examiner during suspension. You may also present arguments during suspension. For example, if your trademark is for KLASSY KING MOTEL, and your application is suspended pending an earlier filed application for the CLASSY QUEEN RESTAURANT, then you might choose to argue that the two marks are not likely to be confused. If the examiner agrees, he or she will take the application off from suspension and move it toward registration.
You an also allow your application to sit in limbo while you wait to see if the prior application registers or goes abandoned. If it goes abandoned, then your application might proceed to registration without having made any arguments.