Q: If a trademark is cancelled does the owner still have rights to it
A: Possibly, trademark cancellation refers to the trademark's registration. The mark may have been cancelled as a result of an opposition proceeding by a competing trademark owner or the USPTO may have cancelled the mark for failure to maintain required filings, in which case this trademark owner may still be using the trademark or some other person may have started to use it. However, trademark availability also depends on the class/category. It is best to consult with a trademark attorney if you are unsure.
Kathryn Perales agrees with this answer
A: If the trademark is currently listed as 'cancelled' in the USPTO database, you should confirm whether this is due to a failure to respond to an Office Action or even an inter-partes proceeding, and if so, whether your application may encounter similar issues. However, if it was cancelled due to a failure to file maintenance documents, then the six month grace period could still be in effect. Notwithstanding all the above, common law rights may exist through continued use. So I would recommend running a search to make sure there aren't any potential risks, including similar third-party pending applications or registrations. Please call or email if you need further assistance.
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