Facebook Gets Closer to 'Face' Trademark Patent office gives notice of allowance By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Nov 25, 2010 8:12 AM CST 6 comments Comments Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles during an announcement in San Francisco, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) (Newser) – Facebook is thisclose to getting its desired trademark on the word “face,” at least when it comes to online chat rooms or bulletin boards. The US Patent and Trademark Office gave the social networking giant a notice of allowance this week, Inside Facebook reports. Now, Facebook must file a statement of use and pay a fee; an attorney will either approve or refuse the statement. If approved, registration is typically issued within two months. Facebook has at least 15 other trademark applications, including some covering the word “like.” Click here for more.