Trademark Search Opinion

We’ll provide you with a complete legal opinion so that you can confidently decide whether to register a trademark.

We regularly advise clients whether to invest their money in potential brands and register federal trademarks with the USPTO. With the proper advice and a complete legal opinion by our firm, based on a comprehensive US trademark search, you can confidently decide whether to apply for a federal trademark registration.

What’s the Process?

Step 1: Contact us to arrange a meeting. We’ll listen to your plans about the trademark(s) you’re considering registering.

Step 2: If you decide to hire us, we’ll gather all of the necessary information we need from you through a short questionnaire.

Step 3: We’ll run a comprehensive US trademark search (more details below).

Step 4: We’ll analyze the search results and draft a formal legal opinion for you, recommending whether to proceed with a registration.

Step 5: You’ll review our opinion and we’ll schedule a time to discuss our findings and your plans.

Step 6: You’ll decide whether to apply for the trademark registration.

How much does this service cost?

The amount depends on the scope of the project. We’ll provide you with an estimate before you hire our firm and before we commence any work on your behalf. Some clients seek to register one potential trademark on a single class of goods or services, while other clients seek to register multiple trademarks on multiple classes of goods or services. So, the scope of the project depends on a client’s desired outcome. Our attorneys bill at an hourly rate of $250, and our paralegal staff bills at an hourly rate of $125. Our paralegal staff conducts the searches and assembles all of the data, while our attorneys analyze the data, prepare the opinion, and advise you as to your options.

What's included in the comprehensive US trademark search?

We’ll search all of the following US databases and records:

  • All pending and registered trademark records at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), limited to all identical marks in all classes plus confusingly similar marks in classes relevant to the intended product or service
  • Business registration and assumed business name records in the state in which your company is located and intends to do business
  • Domain names, including country code domain names and generic top-level domains for the most commonly used extensions (such as .com, .biz, .edu, .org, .net, .io, .ai, and others)
  • All major search engines: Google, Bing, and Yahoo!
How long is a typical trademark search opinion?

Our trademark search opinions typically range between 5-10 pages, depending on the results of the particular search.

How long does it take to complete this service?

It usually takes us about 1-2 weeks to complete and deliver the formal trademark search opinion.

If I decide to register my trademark with the USPTO, is there an additional cost for that service?

Our firm typically charges a flat fee of $500 to register a trademark, and the USPTO charges a filing fee of $225 per class of goods. More information about that service offered by our firm can be found here. However, if you hire our firm to conduct a trademark search opinion, our firm will charge a discounted $250 flat fee for the trademark registration.

Do you offer a more limited search and registration option?

Yes, we offer a limited “knock-out” search and trademark registration service, which you can read about here.

Why shouldn't I use a cheaper online service instead?

Many online service providers actually do a good job of providing search results. However, they don’t actually provide any legal advice about how to proceed based on the results of a search. Unless you know how to interpret the information in the search results, the information itself may be of limited value to you.

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