As per the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an Office Action is issued to notify the applicant about problems with the application. This will include the reason why registration is being refused or what requirements must be satisfied in order for the review process to continue. In most cases, the applicant must respond to an Office Action within 6 months from the date the Office Action is issued or the application will be abandoned.
There are two types of Office Actions: non-final and final. A non-final Office Action raises an issue for the first time. A final Office Action is issued when the applicant’s response to the prior Office Action fails to address or overcome all issues. An applicant’s only response to a final Office Action is either compliance with the requirements or appeal to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
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