How much time do I have to respond to an office action?

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Written by Igor Demcak

Founder & Trademark Attorney

The time to respond to an office action differs per the specific intellectual property office, with a few examples being:

  • USA - 3 months (as of December 2022); an additional 3-month extension is possible
  • UK - 2 months with an additional 4-month extension possibility
  • EU - 2 months plus an additional 2-month extension possibility

However, bear in mind that an extension is not guaranteed. A request for an extension has to be submitted within the original time frame, together with the reason for the extension, which the IPO will evaluate.

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