Response (Trademark) Law and Legal Definition

Response is the reply from a trademark applicant to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) after the USPTO has sent the applicant an initial refusal of registration (office action). A response is due after six months of receiving the office action, or the application will be considered abandoned. Trademark response can be to an office action that an examining attorney has issued including a regular letter; a priority action; or an examiner's amendment, based on an application or Statement of Use. It can also be issued to pay an additional fee. Response cannot be made after a final action has issued.