Can the intellectual property office dismiss my application?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

In a way, yes, it is possible for the intellectual property office to dismiss a trademark application, but not without raising an office action (an issue/s with the trademark application contained within a formal letter).

Once an issue is raised, the applicant will have the option to argue and/or fix the issues raised in the letter within a time frame proposed by the IPO.

If the applicant cannot overcome the issue or fails to respond, the trademark will be marked abandoned and refused. In the US, it is possible to resolve a refusal due to abandonment via a petition to revive the trademark application stating the specific reason for missing the response deadline and providing the response itself.

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