General USPTO Trademark Information
SHOULD I HIRE AN ATTORNEY?:
Here is what the USPTO says:
“[W]e strongly encourage you to hire a U.S.-licensed attorney who specializes in trademark law to guide you through the registration process.”
An attorney can help with the following:
- Choosing a trademark that is legally protectable
- Choosing the proper application and filing basis
- Completing your application accurately
- Choosing appropriate specimens showing use of your mark in commerce
- Responding to your USPTO trademark examining attorney, if needed
- Explaining the scope of your rights and how to best manage them
- Timely prepare and file USPTO documents to maintain your registration
- Explain how to possibly monetize your mark using trademark licensing
WHO MUST HIRE AN ATTORNEY:
A foreign-domiciled applicant or registrant must hire an attorney licensed to practice in the United States. A person is domiciled where the person’s principal residence is located. A company is domiciled where its principal place of business located (i.e. its headquarters).
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
- USPTO Fees for electronic filing: The USPTO has a range of application filing fees starting at US$250 up to US$350 per class. An additional $100 per class filing fee applies to Intent-to-Use applications. These are just a few examples that apply to new applications. USPTO fees are current as of December 1, 2023, and subject to change.
- Our Fees: We offer very competitive fees. And, in most cases, we can beat any bona fide rate offered by other service providers. Give us a chance to bid for your business!
- Payment: Payments must be in U.S. dollars. Under certain circumstances, we can offer a payment plan option.
BEWARE OF SCAMS:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allows public access to its registration process. Scammers can obtain names and addresses and send (by mail and email) what looks like an invoice from the USPTO for certain “fees”. When working with a U.S.-licensed attorney, your email will not be publicly disclosed in the USPTO database. Click here for more information from the USPTO.
How it Works
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