How long does it take to register a trademark?


It is difficult to predict exactly how long it will take an application to mature into a registration, because there are so many factors that can affect the process. Generally, an applicant will receive a filing receipt approximately three weeks after filing, which will include the serial number of the application. All future correspondence with the USPTO must include this serial number. You should receive a response from the Office within six to seven months from filing the application. However, the total time for an application to be processed may be anywhere from almost a year to several years, depending on the basis for filing, and the legal issues which may arise in the examination of the application.

Current status information may be obtained through the Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval (TARR) database at http://tarr.uspto.gov/ or by calling the Trademark Assistance Center at (571) 272-9250 or (800) 786-9199. Applicants should check on the status of their pending applications every six months.


USPTO FAQ - Questions and Answers (12JAN2005)