What is a trademark or service mark?
A trademark is a brand name. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services. Although federal registration of a mark is not mandatory, it has several advantages, including notice to the public of the registrant's claim of ownership of the mark, legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration.
WARNING: NON-USPTO SOLICITATIONS MAY RESEMBLE OFFICIAL USPTO COMMUNICATIONS: Be aware that private companies not associated with the USPTO often use trademark application and registration information from the USPTO’s databases to mail or e-mail trademark-related solicitations (samples of non-USPTO solicitations included).
First-Time Filers, Start Here
|View How-To Videos, FAQs, the Basic Facts Booklet, processing timelines and the ID Manual.|
|Search pending and registered marks using the
Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).
|File applications and other documents online using the
Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).
|Check the status of an application and view and download application and registration records using Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR).|
|Transfer (assign) ownership of a mark to another entity or change the owner name and search the assignments database.|
|Visit the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) online.|
|Visit the Trademark Dashboard for Trademark Operation performance measurements.|
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