What is Publication in the Trademark Registration Process?

September 17, 2013, 10:37 PM

If your application to register a trademark with the Patent and Trademark Office passes the scrutiny of an examiner, it will then proceed to the publication phase and be published for opposition. Publication means that the application will be listed in the Trademark Official Gazette, which is published every Tuesday. Third parties can review the Trademark Official Gazette and corresponding online records (including your application for registration). If the third party thinks your mark infringes on a mark they own, then that third party can file an opposition to your application. If no oppositions are filed within 30 days after publication, your application should proceed to the next phase, which is registration. --Nicole J. Harrell