What To Do If Your Trademark Is Refused For Ornamental Use

An ornamental refusal means that the USPTO has rejected your application because your trademark is used merely as a decoration or an ornament on your products, and not as a source identifier. For example, if you put a slogan or a logo on the front of a t-shirt, hat, or bag, that may be considered ornamental use, because it does not clearly tell the consumer who made or sold the product.

An ornamental refusal can be frustrating and confusing, especially if you have invested time and money in creating and marketing your trademark. If this has happened to you, don’t lose hope; there are ways to overcome an ornamental refusal and register your trademark. In this blog, we will discuss some of the possible solutions that you can try.