Yes, it seems quite clear that some trademark applicants before the USPTO are more equal than others. Over the years I have filed many hundreds of trademark applications at the USPTO and nearly every one of the applications got aged for the full three months (in the old days it was about six months) before it reached an Examining Attorney.
But some applicants are more equal than others. See for example LeBron James whose application for TACO TUESDAY (TSDR) was filed August 15 and more than two months early (September 4) it is on the desk of an EA.
And today see Ohio State University whose application for THE (TSDR) was filed August 8 and more than two months early (September 4 again!) it is on the desk of an EA.
I know this, of course, because when I read about these trademark applications in the news, I had loaded both of these cases into my Feathers. So they turned up in today’s Feathers report as cases that had been assigned to EAs.
My guess by the way is that neither application will get approved for publication on the first action.