Trademarks for Entrepreneurs

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Who’s Joe?

The Letter of Protest resources available on this website were produced with extensive guidance from USPTO staff, especially that of an Attorney Advisor with more than 20 years experience.

Previously I have referred to this individual online as “my friendly Attorney Advisor contact” or “my USPTO Attorney Advisor friend.” But these terms imply a relationship of favoritism that does not exist.

USPTO staff, including Joe, have all shared their knowledge and guidance without any sign of favoritism or partiality. Anyone affected by overreaching or frivolous trademark applications may call USPTO for guidance to locate the specific sections of their website where information concerning their situation can be found.

Staff attorneys are not allowed to offer legal advice as they must remain impartial in the process. I have always found USPTO employees happy to answer specific questions regarding proper procedures, or reasons that a specific Letter of Protest was denied.

Joe’s nickname protects his privacy and reflects his careful impartiality. Because when I think of Joe, he reminds me (in a good way) of Joe Friday: “All we know are the facts, ma’am.”

Thanks, Joe! You’ve made quite a difference!