Monday, February 26, 2024

Guest Article by Michael Hall: "A Few Recommendations for the Office and Those Practicing Before the Office"

Michael Hall, a former examining attorney and now Senior Counsel at Womble Bond Dickinson, provides (pdf here) three recommendations for trademark practitioners to consider when preparing responses to Office Actions, followed by two recommendations for the USPTO with regard to improving its examination of applications.

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Text Copyright John L. Welch 2024.


At 11:14 AM, Blogger Augusto Perera, Esq. said...

Thank you! Very informative and helpful!

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Pamela Chestek said...

Thanks, terrific advice, and the citations are very useful. It was very helpful to see all the ways the PTO's website evidence so often fails spelled out so clearly. Here's also hoping the Trademark Office follows your advice.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Scott Brown said...

This was a great read. Very helpful!

At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Alex Butterman said...

Well said and very helpful indeed. What really infuriates me about that third-party website comparison paragraph is how the examiner cannot even fill in the precise goods and services being compared and instead has to maintain the ambiguous boilerplate language:

"...establishes that the same entity commonly manufactures, produces, or provides the RELEVANT GOODS AND/OR SERVICES and markets the GOODS AND/OR SERVICES under the same mark...".


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