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.
A "priority action" is a specific type of Office Action that is issued after the Examining Attorney has some informal communication with the applicant or the applicant's agent (e.g., your attorney), such as telephone conversation or email. This procedure is generally used when the issue that is preventing registration of the mark can be corrected with an amendment or explanation, and verification by the applicant is necessary. The procedure is as follows:
(1) The examining attorney calls or emails the applicant or the applicant's attorney and requests some specific action (e.g., an amendment or explanation);
(2) The applicant or the applicant's attorney specifically discusses the merits of the application with the examining attorney;
(3) The examining attorney prepares a priority action that addresses all requirements to put the application into condition for publication, including evidence to support such requirements; and
(4) The USPTO sends a copy of the priority action to the applicant.
Status Code 655 indicates that a priority action or examiner's amendment has been noted on your file, but the formal correspondence from the USPTO has not yet been mailed. No further action is needed on your part at this time. However, action may be required once you receive the formal document from the USPTO. For more information on the Trademark Application Process, visit:
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