Trademark Registrations in the US


The United States is one of the most important countries in the world when it comes to trademarks. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registers more than 3 million trademarks every year, making it responsible for more than half of all trademark registrations worldwide. In addition, more than 80% of all US companies that are registered as foreign trademark owners are domiciled in the USA.

What is a Trademark

Trademarks identify the goods and services of one party from those of others and are used to protect consumers from being deceived as to the origin of goods or services and secure uniformity among competitors’ wares. Trademarks can be registered with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).

How do I know if my Trademark can be Registered

It is important to know if your trademark is available for registration. You can do this by searching the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) to see if your trademark is already registered, or you can search the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) database of registered trademarks. If your trademark is not already registered, you can apply for trademark registration.

How much does Trademark Registration Cost

The cost of trademark registration will vary depending on the size of your business. For example, if you’re an individual inventor or small business owner, the government fees for your application may be less than $200 USD. However, if you’re a larger company and want to register your trademark across multiple classes (e.g., textiles), then it could cost as much as $2,000 USD per class to register.

In addition to these costs, there are also other expenses that come into play when registering a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These include attorney fees; government publication costs; etc.

How long does Registration take

Trademark registration can take between six months and a year, so be realistic about your time frame when applying. If you have an attorney or agent handling your application, they’ll keep you posted on the status of that process every month or so. If not, keep track of progress yourself: check the USPTO website updates every month.

How long it takes to get registered depends on how complex your application is (and how many others are already pending). These factors affect how many resources need to be allocated for review by the examining attorney at the USPTO’s Office and Trademark Examining Attorney at IPOS.

What can I do if my Application is Refused

If your application is refused, you will be notified by the USPTO. You may then appeal the refusal or file a new application. If you are unsure what to do, it is best to consult with an attorney who specializes in trademark law.

There are also certain circumstances where trademarks can be registered without filing an application. The most common of these is an “incontestable” status for a mark that has been in continuous use for five years with no other issues (such as cancellation). In such cases, there is no need to file an application at all and your mark will be automatically protected from copycats without any action on your part.

What is the Next Step after Applying for a Trademark

Once you have filed an application for a trademark, the USPTO examines it to determine whether your registration is acceptable. If all goes well and there are no issues, the USPTO will approve your application. However, if there are problems with your application or they don’t think it should be approved, they will send you a letter informing you of this decision and any reasons why this might be so. But what happens if the examiner finds that your trademark is unacceptable?

You can either submit arguments against their refusal or file an appeal within two months of receiving their response. Afterward, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) will review their decision based on whether it’s consistent with prior precedent and U.S law; they’ll then issue either a new ruling or uphold theirs

How do I get Started with Trademark Registration in the US

Before you can register a trademark with the USPTO, you must first file an application for trademark registration. The two types of trademark applications are:

  • Intent-to-use (ITU) – used when you have not yet started using your mark in commerce, but will be short. This type of application requires a filing fee and information about your business and the proposed mark;
  • Use-based – used when you’ve already started using your mark. This type of application requires evidence of use (e.g., invoices or sales receipts), payment of a fee, and provision of information about the business and its ownership;

In addition to filing an appropriate application form with payment, applicants must also provide information regarding their business such as name/address/phone number (NADP) and; if applicable, specimens showing how they use their marks (for example packaging). If these requirements are met then once approved by USPTO officials your trademark will be registered!


In this article, we covered the information you need to know about trademark registrations in the US. The takeaway is that while registering trademarks may be beneficial for your business, it’s not necessary. If you’re looking to register your brand name or logo with a specific agency, it’s best to talk with an attorney first.


In conclusion, trademark registration is a great way to protect your company or brand. It’s also an important step that helps to build an identity and establish a presence in the market. If you’re planning on registering a trademark, be sure to do your research first so that you know what exactly qualifies as one. With our help, we hope this article has given you some insight into how it works and how easy it can be!

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