I’m going to work on this entry, but for now suffice it to say that this process is nerve wracking, expensive, and time consuming. I originally filed in August of 2013. In December the USPTO cited an examiner who quickly issued an ‘office action’ on my logo saying it was too ornate. I have fretted over this and himed and hawed over this for months. Of couse now I know much more about this whole process since I started this last Summer, and have had several conversations with the graphic designer who did my logo. I’ve learned the ‘Office Action’ of being termed ‘ornate’ has to do with how the logo is used, and less pertaining to the logo itself. I think I’ll make some small cosmetic changes and try again, in a few years. The current situation seems that according to the USPTO website, that my logo HAS been approved for the Supplemental Registry; which is like where misfit toys go it seems. I retain some of the same legal guards as with a regular registry submission, and get to use the ®, which is good protection in itself just being seen on the logo.
Once the ‘Office Action’ was issued, they gave me 6 months to respond or ‘lose’ the application. I had until June 04, 2014; the same day I retained a California Attorney to push this registration through the USPTO. (though it won’t be the same registration I originally applied for.) If I’d not made any move on this process by the deadline date, my application for registration would go ‘abandoned’ as they say at the USPTO, and it would be tossed. By retaining an attorney (in the nick of time), I’ve saved that original $500 and seemingly will get what I wanted, for the most part.. The original cost to me was $500 to Legal Zoom (and do NOT suggest using them), and just spent another $115 to push this through. sigh.
When I first applied for this registry, they let you know it can be a long process; 18 months long in fact. …and probably more too in some cases I’m sure. When this is said and done, my deal will have taken 17 months, and over $600. I’ll be happy with the end result, even if it’s not the registry I was hoping for. I was looking for protection for the cool design and the R, and will have both of those. Another difference between the 2 registries is the regular registry doesn’t require renewal as often (70 years or something), the Supplemental Registry has to be renewed every six years.
The below is a screenshot from the USPTO website, showing “Prosecution History” on my application.