USPTO: What does it do?

We get a lot, I mean A LOT, of questions about the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and trademark legal stuff in general. So, if reading blogs about trademarks is not your thing, then you might want to skip our next couple blogs.

The USPTO only:

  • Reviews trademark applications and determines if the applied-for mark meets the requirements for federal registration and
  • Only looks at federally registered marks.

That’s all, folks.

The USPTO does NOT:

  • Decide if you have a legal right to use the mark;
  • Determine if anyone else is using the mark;
  • Enforce your rights in the mark;
  • Bring legal action against a possible infringer;
  • Conduct trademark searches for the public;
  • Monitor your trademarks;
  • Answer specific questions prior to filing on whether a particular mark is eligible for registration;
  • Offer any legal advice about common law trademark rights, state registrations, or trademark infringement claims.

*Information for this blog can be found at: USPTO

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