After your application is filed, the government will conduct an Examination of the application. The Examination takes 3 to 6 months to complete. When the Examination is finished, the government will issue an “office action” listing additional steps you need to take and any objections to your application. You will have 6 months from the date of the office action to resolve these issues. If these issues are not fully resolved by the six-month deadline, the government may mark your application as “abandoned.” Abandoned applications do not register; they are considered “dead.”
A legal professional can help you respond to government objections correctly, and track important dates and deadlines.
If your application successfully completes the Examination process, it will be published for public opposition. The public opposition period lasts 30 days. During this time, any third-party can object to your trademark. If no objections are lodged during the 30 day opposition period, the application continues to move forward in the registration process.