Notice of Allowance (NOA)

What does Notice of Allowance (NOA) mean?

A Notice of Allowance, or NOA, is a written notification from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that a trademark application filed under the Intent to Use designation has passed the 30-day opposition period in the Official Gazette.

Receipt of a Notice of Allowance by a trademark applicant does not mean that the Patent and Trademark Office has registered the trademark. Rather the Notice of Allowance means no party has raised a challenge to registration of the trademark during the 30-day opposition period, so the registration process may proceed.

Within six months of receiving the Notice of Allowance, the applicant must submit a Statement of Use or request an extension. If the applicant does not take either of these actions within the allotted timeframe, the Patent and Trademark Office will consider the application abandoned.

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