OVERALL PROCESS: The trademark registration process is a legal proceeding that may be complex and require you to satisfy many requirements within strict time deadlines (based on Eastern Standard Time); therefore, you should consider hiring an attorney before starting the process.
ALL DATA PUBLIC: All information you submit to the USPTO at any point in the application and/or registration process will become public record, including your name, phone number, e-mail address, and street address. By filing this application, you acknowledge that YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO CONFIDENTIALITY in the information disclosed. The public will be able to view this information in the USPTO's on-line databases and through Internet search engines and other on-line databases. This information will remain public even if the application is later abandoned or any resulting registration is surrendered, cancelled, or expired. To maintain confidentiality of banking or credit card information, only enter payment information in the secure portion of the site after validating your form. For any information that may be subject to copyright protection, by submitting it to the USPTO, the filer is representing that he or she has the authority to grant, and is granting, the USPTO permission to make the information available in its on-line database and in copies of the application or registration record.
For more information, please consult the FAQs Personal Information in Trademark Records.
SYSTEM AVAILABILITY: Check Current Server Status and Planned Outages before beginning the filing process. If you have a filing due today and the document cannot be filed via TEAS, you must use an alternative method of filing to ensure that the document is timely received by the USPTO.
UPLOAD SCHEDULE: Most filings made through TEAS are uploaded into the USPTO’s Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system within 4-5 calendar days. If that amount of time has passed and your filing is still not appearing, please e-mail TSDR@uspto.gov.
1. INITIAL APPLICATION FORM
To apply for a trademark/servicemark, or other type of mark
BEFORE FILING (GENERAL INFORMATION): First-time filers should go to "Trademark Basics" before opening the application form, to review important information such as how-to videos, processing timelines, and FAQs.
BEFORE FILING (SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS FOR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS): Review information focusing on electronic matters.
2. RESPONSE FORMS
To respond to: a Law Office examining attorney letter (an "Office action") (a non-final or final action, including a suspension inquiry/letter of suspension or a request to submit a "substitute form" where the wrong form type was initially filed); an Intent-to-Use Unit (ITU) Office action; a Post-Registration Division Office action; a Petitions Office letter
3. INTENT-TO-USE (ITU) FORMS
To file a Statement of Use (SOU) and convert an ITU application to actual use after a notice of allowance (NOA) issues; or to file an extension request after a NOA issues; or to file an Amendment to Allege Use (AAU) and convert an ITU application to actual use before a NOA issues; or to respond to an Intent-to-Use Unit Office action
4. POST-APPROVAL/PUBLICATION/POST-NOTICE OF ALLOWANCE (NOA) AMENDMENT FORMS
To request amendment (1) after an application has been approved for publication or actually published; (2) after an extension of time to oppose has been filed; or (3) after a notice of allowance (NOA) has issued; or to delete a Section 1(b) basis after a NOA issues
NOTE: For additional information on actions that may be taken after a Notice of Allowance has issued (e.g., filing a request to divide), see http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/MoreInfo_SOU_EXT.jsp.
5. CORRESPONDENCE AND ATTORNEY/DOMESTIC REPRESENTATIVE FORMS
To file: a change of correspondence address, a change of owner's address, or a change of domestic representative's address; a withdrawal of attorney or domestic representative; a revocation/appointment of attorney/domestic representative; a request to replace attorney of record with another already-appointed attorney
6. PETITION FORMS
To file: a petition to revive an abandoned application; a petition to amend the basis of an application after publication; a petition to the Director under Trademark Rules 2.146 and 2.148; a letter of protest and similar matters; a response to a Petitions Office letter
7. MISCELLANEOUS FORMS
To file: a voluntary amendment not in response to USPTO Office action/Letter; a request that the application examination process be terminated (an “express abandonment”); a request to divide an application NOT filed with an allegation of use (to file WITH an allegation of use, see the overall category "INTENT-TO USE (ITU) FORMS," above)
8. REGISTRATION MAINTENANCE/RENEWAL/CORRECTION FORMS
To make required maintenance filings between the 5th and 6th year after the registration date (Section 8) and between the 9th and 10th year after the registration date (Section 8 & 9); to claim that a mark is now incontestable (Section 15); to request amendment or correction of a registration certificate (Section 7); to surrender a registration; to request to divide a registration; to file a Section 12(c) affidavit; to submit the required maintenance filings under Section 71 for a registered extension of protection (Madrid Protocol); to respond to a Post-Registration Division Office action
9. ASSIGNMENT FORMS
To file: assignments; change of name; other conveyances of title
10. TRADEMARK TRIAL AND APPEAL BOARD FORMS
To file all submissions to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; e.g., oppositions, cancellations, notices of appeal after final actions
11. MADRID PROTOCOL FORMS
To file: an application for International Registration; a subsequent designation; a response to notice of irregularity; a request for replacement or transformation
We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our payment system for customers using the Subsequent Designation form. Users of this form may receive an “Internal Failure” error message after submitting payment information. Although the financial portion of the transaction completed, a technical glitch prevented the subsequent designation form from updating with the payment information. The problem is being addressed by staff at the USPTO. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you received this error message, please e-mail Madrid Processing Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately and include the following information: your name, telephone number, date of submission, and international registration number.
TEAS Technical Information: background technical help
TEAS Tutorial: step-by-step approach for a new application
Electronic Filing Tips: best practices for filing electronically
TEAS FAQs: most commonly asked questions/answers
TEAS and TEASi Enhancements: highlights of TEAS and TEASi releases