In the course of examining a trademark application, the Examining Attorney may identify issues that preclude registration of your mark. They may be substantive (i.e., there is a fundamental flaw with the trademark you wish to register) or procedural (i.e., there was a problem with your application). Any issues the Examining Attorney identifies will be described in an "Office Action," to which you must respond within six (6) months of receipt.
In some cases, the application will be blocked due to likely confusion with a prior-filed, pending application. Because the prior mark is not registered, it is not grounds for refusal of your registration. However, if the prior application does mature into a registration, you will receive an office action refusing registration of your mark on the grounds of likely confusion.
At this point, you can respond and argue that your trademark is not likely to be confused with the other pending application, or you can have your application "suspended" indefinitely until the pending application is either accepted (registered) or rejected. Status Code 654 arises with applications that are already suspended. It means that the examiner has checked on the status of the other pending application, and the status of that application has not changed. As a result, your application is still suspended. No further action is needed at this time.
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