SUSPENSION LETTER - MAILED
Status code: 653

SUSPENSION LETTER - MAILED
Status code: 653

SUSPENSION LETTER - MAILED
Status code: 653

Trademark Suspended - Suspension Letter Mailed

U.S. Trademark Application Suspended, Suspension Letter Mailed by Examiner

SUSPENSION LETTER - 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 sent you a suspension letter to inform you of your suspended status. You need not take any further action at this time. However, in most cases you can actually present arguments even while the blocking mark is pending. It is not always advisable to make arguments at this stage because you will be making concessions that may hurt the overall strength of your own mark, and ultimately the prior blocking application may go abandoned. If it goes abandoned, then you would not have needed to make those arguments at all.

In the meantime, your application is suspended indefinitely. 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.