Examination guide issued on new deadline to respond to office actions for trademark applications

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a new examination guide regarding the changes being made to office action response periods for section 1 and/or section 44 applications. This new guide explains the upcoming change to the deadline for responding to most pre-registration office actions. Starting December 3, 2022, trademark applicants will have three months (with an optional three-month extension), instead of the current six months, to respond to those office actions subject to the new deadline. This change doesn’t apply to Madrid Protocol section 66(a) applications.