First and foremost, I would like to thank the LegalZoom trademark service for this article. I swear, the only good thing about LegalZoom is its uncanny ability to continually provide me with fodder to write about. Just when I think I have nothing interesting to talk about, LegalZoom swoops in to save the day!
I occasionally work as an independent contractor to another trademark attorney here in St. Louis and frequently assist her clients with a variety of intellectual property matters. She was hired by a client to respond to a trademark office action he received from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that requested some additional information and clarifications regarding his trademark and the products with which his mark is used. I later learned that this client had used the LegalZoom trademark service (which is a do-it-yourself trademark service and not a law firm) to prepare and file his trademark application. Of course, when he received this office action in his inbox, he had no idea what it was or how to properly respond to it.