What are the potential costs associated with responding to an office action?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

The potential costs associated with responding to a trademark office action can vary based on several factors, including the complexity of the issues raised, the need for legal assistance, and any additional actions required to address the examiner's concerns. Here are some potential costs to consider:

  • Government fees: Responding to an office action typically doesn't incur any additional government fees with the USPTO unless you've lost your TEAS Plus status, which would result in a $100/class deficiency fee.
  • Attorney fees / Consultation fees: If you decide to seek legal assistance, your attorney's rate will apply. The cost can vary based on the complexity of the issues, the attorney's experience, and the amount of work involved.
  • Evidence gathering costs: If your response involves providing new evidence, such as consumer surveys, expert reports, or other supporting documentation, there may be costs associated with obtaining and preparing this evidence.

It's important to note that some applicants choose to handle responses to office actions on their own without the assistance of an attorney. However, given the complexities of trademark law, seeking legal advice can often be beneficial in crafting a persuasive and effective response.

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