PUBLISHED FOR OPPOSITION
Status code: 686

PUBLISHED FOR OPPOSITION
Status code: 686

PUBLISHED FOR OPPOSITION
Status code: 686

Trademark Application Published for Opposition

U.S. Federal Trademark Application Published

PUBLISHED FOR OPPOSITION; trademark published; published for opposition; publication review committee complete; trademark review complete; trademark approved; trademark published; published for opposition; trademark refusal withdrawn; trademark published for opposition; approved trademark; trademark approval; non-final trademark refusal; refusal to register a trademark; published for third-party opposition; oppose a trademark; federal trademark application; federal trademark registration

You filed a federal trademark application. The application may have gone through various refusals that you overcame; or your application may have sailed through smoothly without any objections. Either way, the good news is that your trademark is approved from the standpoint of examination. But, the USPTO allows third-parties to oppose every trademark application before the mark is allowed to register.

Your application has been published for opposition. A third-party who feels that they may be damaged by registration of your mark may oppose registration within thirty (30) days of notice of publication. However, a third-party may also extend the time to oppose your mark and then use additional time to consider whether or not to actually file an opposition to your registration. The applicant does not need to take any action during publication, nor is there any action to take prior to the end of the publication period.

For information on opposition see the USPTO website:

http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-application-process/appealing-trademark-decisions/trademark-trial-and-appeal-board-ttab

I just received a notice of opposition or a cancellation, and I do not have an attorney. What do I do?

First, you will need to file an answer within the time stated in the order you received from the TTAB. In your answer, for each numbered paragraph you see in the notice of opposition, you should indicate the number and then admit or deny the statement, or state that you are without enough information to admit or deny the statements made in these numbered paragraphs. It is possible that you may have certain defenses that should be stated as well, but we cannot give you any advice on those, which is why we recommend that you obtain the advice of an attorney. It may be helpful for you to read the TTAB Manual of Board Procedure (TBMP) .

For the TBMP see:

http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/process/appeal/Preface_TBMP.jsp