Why is the USPTO ask me to clarify my legal entity?

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Written by Igor Demcak

CEO & Legal Mind

If you've received a US trademark office action asking you to clarify your legal entity, it means the USPTO is missing correct information about the intended owner of your trademark.

This can happen, for example, if you choose an entity type, but the information you fill out about the intended owner suggests they are a different entity, e.g. an individual instead of a sole proprietorship.

In the office action, the examiner will describe the issue and offer options for correction. If you follow their suggestion and fill out the information in the proposed format, your application should be cleared, and you should be able to proceed with the trademark registration process.

If you are not sure about the implications of the proposed changes, you can consult a trademark attorney.

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