Trademark Application - Priority Action
U.S. Trademark Application Priority Office Action
PRIORITY ACTION MAILED; priority office action; trademark application priority action; office action; non-final office action; final trademark refusal; refusal to register a trademark; examiner's amendment to trademark application; trademark application; federal trademark application; federal trademark registration
If you received this notice, the Examining Attorney has issued a refusal, but views the obstacles as minor. Because the issues are likely minor and can be addressed quickly, the office action is a priority action. You can respond within two months and then the Examiner will respond on an expedited basis.
In most cases, the examiner's will issue this type of action to address a disclaimer of a descriptive word. The USPTO rules prohibit registration of a descriptive mark, but a mark that has distinctive words as well as descriptive words will register as long as the applicant disclaims exclusive rights to the descriptive word or words in the mark. Examiner's will also use a priority action to make a minor change to the way the goods or services are described or fix a clear mistake by the applicant.
Trademark examiners often reach out directly to the applicant or to the attorney of record and discuss examiner's amendments by email or telephone. In some cases, the applicant can respond to the trademark examiner in the same way.