Step 2: Filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Steps for a Federal trademark or service mark application:

  1. If you have done a trademark search and found that there are no conflicting trademarks in your industry, one of our licensed attorneys specializing in trademark law will prepare the trademark application for your name, brand or logo.
  2. We will send you the application details for your review and approval within five business days. At that time, we will also advise you of the total cost of your application.
  3. After we receive your approval, we will file your trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and charge your credit card.
  4. A trademark examining attorney at the USPTO will reply to the application with any questions, requests for clarification or formal objections.
  5. We will monitor your application and advise you of correspondence received from the USPTO, if any. At that time, we will also advise you of the cost of filing a response, if any.
  6. If there are no unresolved objections, one of two things will happen. If we filed the application based on your intent to use the mark, you will receive a Notice of Allowance, which will give you 6 months to use the mark and file a Statement of Use and specimen showing use of the mark. This time period can be extended up to 5 times for a small fee. If the application was filed based on use, the trademark will be registered and a certificate of registration will be issued. While awaiting registration of the trademark, you may place the ™ symbol beside your trademark on any products and promotional materials. Once the mark is registered, you may use the well-known R in a circle next to your mark.