This is sort of old news, and normally I like to talk about things that happened recently, but I have to tell you this one because I came out as a hero.
If you remember from one of my previous posts, I talked about a trademark application that was allowed and eventually abandoned. The title for that post was called "Abandoned Application that was Allowed: My Worst Nightmare." So looking at the title of this article, you could probably guess that this article is about that same application.
I filed a petition to revive that trademark application that was abandoned. I didn't hear from USPTO for a few weeks, but I knew that they had received my petition because: 1) they charged the petition fee from my company credit card; and 2) I received a filing receipt. Then I received a notice from the USPTO saying that my petition was incomplete because I didn't pay the extension of time fees for submitting a statement of use. Well, this was kind of anticipated because I knew I had to pay the extension of time fees when I filed the petition, but USPTO didn't let me pay it at the time.
You're probably asking me now, "What do you mean USPTO didn't let you pay the extension of time fees?" When you file a petition to revive (or file anything electronically for that matter), you have to click on a specific link to get to the online form. Unless I missed something, the petition to revive online form didn't have a place for me to pay the extension of time fees. There is, however, a separate link to get to an online form that allows you to fill in information to pay the extension of time fees. The problem though, is that you can't use this separate link because your application is "dead" and none of the online forms except the petition to revive form will recognize your serial number for an application that is dead.
So I decided to file the petition and wait for the USPTO to tell me, "Hey, you didn't pay the extension of time fees. Pay it now, or we won't revive your application." And that's exactly what happened. They sent me a letter, along with a printed out form (that I've never seen anywhere... not online, not on USPTO website) that allowed me to fill out information to pay the extension of time fees.
Anyways, I filled out the form that they sent me, provided my company credit card number to pay for the extension of time fees, and mailed that sucker back to the USPTO. A couple of weeks later, voila! The application is now un-abandoned. All I have to do now is to submit a statement of use, and this application should be good to go.