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The Post-COVID Trademark Landscape: USPTO Backlog and Approaching Fee Increases Drive Urgency for Applicants

The Post-COVID Trademark Landscape: USPTO Backlog and Approaching Fee Increases Drive Urgency for Applicants

By Andrew Comer The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experienced significant backup and processing delays during the COVID-19 pandemic. While delays have eased, they still haven’t gone away, due in part to the doubling of applications between 2020 and 2022. Overall, the trademark registration process has become notably more challenging in recent years, but there are ways to ease the burden.  Number of Applications Continues to Rise While

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Prepare Now for Delays in Trademark Application Review and Processing

Fortis clients should be aware that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received a record-high number of trademark application submissions in 2022. Unfortunately, the USPTO is also experiencing a shortage of staff to process and review submissions.  As a result, processing times are delayed, and applications are taking significantly longer than usual, up to twice as long as they did in 2020.  Current expected wait times are as follows:

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