Notice Regarding Certain Requests for Extension of Protection Under Trademark Act Section 66(a)
Pursuant to Trademark Act Section 68(c)(1), 15 U.S.C. § 1141h(c)(1), the USPTO must, within 18 months of the date a request for extension of protection is transmitted to the USPTO, send to the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization notice of: (A) a refusal of registration based on examination of the request; (B) an opposition to registration; or (C) the possibility that an opposition may be filed after the conclusion of the 18-month period. If a notice under either subsection (B) or (C) is not sent within the 18-month period, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board may not entertain an opposition to registration, and the Director shall issue a certificate of extension of protection pursuant to the request. Trademark Act Section 68(c)(4), 15 U.S.C. § 1141h(d)(4).
The notice required under Section 68(c)(1)(C), 15 U.S.C. § 1141h(c)(1)(C), was inadvertently not sent with respect to a number of requests for extension of protection, which are listed below by serial number. Because in each case more than 18 months has passed since transmission of the request for extension of protection to the USPTO, no opposition or extension of time to oppose may be considered, and if filed, will be dismissed. The USPTO will promptly issue a certificate of protection with respect to the listed requests.
Affected parties are not precluded from filing a petition for cancellation of the certificate of protection, if otherwise appropriate.