Initial 1 hour consultation about your proposed trademark
Knock-out search to determine availability of proposed trademark (more details below)
Preparation and filing of completed trademark application
It usually takes less than an hour to gather all of the necessary information, and the registration can be completed and filed within 1-2 days thereafter.
About 6-9 months. It’s important to be patient once the trademark application has been filed. After filing, it usually takes about about 4 months for an application to be initially assigned to an attorney examiner at the USPTO. If all goes well, the mark will be published for opposition and then finally registered, assuming no one opposes the registration, and assuming that you timely provide to the USPTO all information that is requested of you.
Not typically, but there may be additional fees in certain instances, as explained below. The above fee is for the registration of a single application under a single class of goods where the description of those goods or services is a USPTO pre-populated description — what’s referred to as a “TEAS Plus application” ($725 total, including the USPTO filing fees).
A “knock-out search” is a basic search of the USPTO’s public database of registered trademarks, to identify whether there may be any conflicting marks that may prevent the registration of a proposed trademark application. A comprehensive search, as opposed to a knock-out search, is more robust and includes searches of additional public records, including state trademark and company name databases, domain name registrations, and specific search engine results. Comprehensive searches result in a full legal opinion being issued to clients who want additional assurances as to the registration of a proposed trademark. If you’re interested in a trademark search opinion based on a comprehensive search, we offer that service as well; click here for more details.
Yes, of course, but unless you’ve already run a trademark search, determined the exact class under which your mark should be registered, determined the type of application that should be filed, and are familiar with the USPTO’s application process, it likely won’t be worth your time to try and figure out the whole process just to save some money.