What does "US Counsel Missing" in my office action mean?

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Written by Igor Demcak

CEO & Legal Mind

If you've received an office action from the USPTO with "US Counsel Missing" as the reason for dismissal, it means the examiner is asking you to hire a counsel to represent you in dealings with the USPTO. This counsel has to be a trademark attorney with a US license. This requirement is imposed on foreign-domiciled applicants.

Once you find a US trademark attorney to take over your case, they will inform the USPTO and also become another point of contact for the USPTO, and any further official communication will be sent both to you and them.

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