Q: What does Status 641--non-final action--mailed mean for a trademark?
My lawyer, Thomas P. Howard, filed my trademark Big Picture Purpose last year. Paid him in full. I emailed him and called. Phone disconnected. Haven't heard back. I found information online regarding my trademark, and I don't know how to move forward. How do I get in touch with trademark people to let them know? How do I move forward?
A: Unless you choose to handle this yourself, you will need a lawyer to handle the prosecution of your trademark application. Application prosecution is the process of responding to objections and rejections by the trademark office. A non-final action means that there is something about the application that needs to be addressed by you or your lawyer. Many lawyers (myself included) offer free initial consultations. I would recommend speaking with a lawyer to discuss the specifics of your case to figure out how to move forward.
As an aside- it is unfortunate that your lawyer is now unavailable. He should have contacted you with a referral both out of curtesy and possibly ethical reasons. He should also have informed you that prosecution would likely follow application, and that there would likely be additional cost on top of the initial application. With that said, I don't want you to feel like he took the money and ran. Almost all lawyers charge separately for application and prosecution. I hope this helps, and best of luck to you!
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