What happens if I do not respond to an office action?
When you receive an office action from the Patent and Trademark Office, you must respond within six months from the office action’s mailing date. If you do not respond within this time frame, your federal trademark application is considered abandoned, which means it is no longer pending and cannot become a registration. At this time, the Patent and Trademark Office will issue a notice of abandonment, informing you that the application has been abandoned. In the event that your delay in responding to the office action was unintentional, however, you can file a petition to revive, seeking to have your application returned to an active status. This petition must be received by the PTO within two months of the mailing date of the original notice of abandonment, or it will be automatically denied.