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Date: March 2, 2022 6:21 PM
Subject: [BOARD] ANNOUNCEMENT: USPTO "USGENWEB" Service Mark 3936386 Update


For the record:

The 10-year renewal for our Project's original logo as a legally registered stylized Service Mark was approved. But the renewal of the Service Mark for the plain-text single word term "USGENWEB" was canceled by USPTO. As the new owner of the service mark, I was notified by USPTO of their decision to cancel our renewal on Dec. 28, 2021.

Upon research, it appears that USPTO sent a notification on Jun 24, 2021, to the previous owner informing us that the specimen submitted showing the word USGENWEB "in use" was unsatisfactory. The June notice provided a 6-month window to submit a different specimen. Unfortunately, the June notice was never received, a new specimen was not submitted, and the renewal was canceled. 

After considerable research the Advisory Board identified an option to submit a "Petition to Director" by Feb 28, 2022, to request reconsideration of the decision due to non-receipt of the June notification. I filled out this document to the best of my ability, attached a new specimen, and submitted the form on Feb. 26, 2022, with the required non-refundable fee of $250. The fee was paid for by donations from Advisory Board members. 

Per USPTO, the next steps are to actively monitor the account for status updates, the Director's decision, and/or any further requested submissions. The USPTO receipt advised that a decision could take 4+ months. 


Serial Number: 77908096
Registration Number: 3936386
Status: Dead / Cancelled

Timeline of Events
3/29/2021: Renewal submitted with a non-refundable fee of $525
6/24/2021: USPTO posted a notice requesting a new specimen within 6 months (not received)
12/17/2021: SM ownership changed to Linda L.
12/24/2021: Deadline to provide a new specimen to USPTO (missed)
12/28/2021: Notice of cancellation sent by USPTO and received by Linda L.
1/2-2/11/2022: AB investigation
2/14-2/25/2022: Review of Petition to Director document requirements and collection of donations to pay the filing fee
2/26/2022: Petition submitted with a non-refundable fee of $250
2/26/2022: Petition to Director and specimen received and posted
2/28/2022: Deadline to file Petition to Director for reconsideration (met)

Linda K. Lewis
National Coordinator
The USGenWeb℠ Project
Free Genealogy for 25 Years

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Linda K. Lewis
National Coordinator
The USGenWeb℠ Project
Free Genealogy for 25 Years

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