What happens if I do not respond to a Notice of Allowance?

If you receive a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it means that your trademark application has been approved and that you are on the path to registering your trademark. However, receiving a Notice of Allowance does not guarantee that your trademark will be registered.

After receiving a Notice of Allowance, you must file a Statement of Use (SOU) within a six-month deadline. The SOU must include evidence that you are actually using the trademark in commerce. If you do not respond to the Notice of Allowance and do not file a Statement of Use, your trademark application will become abandoned, and the trademark registration process will end.

The USPTO does not grant extensions of time after the deadline for the Statement of Use has passed. If you are unable to use the trademark in commerce before the deadline, it is best to abandon the trademark application and reapply in the future when you are ready to use the trademark in commerce.In conclusion, if you receive a Notice of Allowance, it is important to file a Statement of Use within the six-month deadline. If you do not respond to the Notice of Allowance and do not file a Statement of Use, your trademark application will become abandoned, and the trademark registration process will end.