Visit the trademark national office at: http://www.uspto.gov/
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is the agency of the Department of Commerce in charge of granting patents and registering trademarks in the U.S. The USPTO advises the President, Secretary of Commerce and various government agencies on ways to protect, enforce, and promote intellectual property policy in the U.S. and abroad.
The website of the USPTO is www.uspto.gov
The application will be examined if it is compliant with the filing requirements. Before the application is submitted, it would be best to study first if the mark accomplishes all requirements with regards to clarity, formality, distinctiveness, or any conflict. This will prevent you from being rejected. Once the examination is done, the application details will be published online and third-parties will have a chance to oppose. After this stage, the registration will be granted.
A petition to cancel a registered mark is possible if these violations are present:
- The owner filed the application in bad faith
- The mark is proven to be immoral or in conflict with public policy
- The mark is deceiving the consumers
- The mark is describing the characteristics of the good/service
- The mark is generic and/or functional
- The mark is not capable of making the good/service distinct
It will start on the date the application details are published online and will end 30 days after that date. Extensions are possible to be granted.
Objection to application is available on the grounds of propriety rights, misleading marks, disparaging signs, violation of the rights to a company/business name, and descriptive and non-distinctive marks.