Advanced trademark searching

Advanced trademark searching

The video recording of this expired event is posted above. You can find all past Trademarks Webinar Series presentations on the Trademarks Webinar Series page.

Also available is a PDF of the presentation slides featuring legal citations and cases.

Do you regularly search the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) federal trademark database? Want to get the tips and tricks to fine-tune your clearance searches and quickly find the marks you’re looking for? 

This webinar gives you a brief, basic level introduction to the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and then does a deeper dive into its often-untapped power. You’ll also learn about:

  • Design mark searching
  • Narrowing your search results with field tags
  • Expanding your search results with truncation and pattern matching
  • Other helpful searches

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. You may submit your questions before the event to with the subject “Advanced trademark searching.”

This webinar will use a high degree of legal terminology and concepts familiar to experienced trademark professionals, but we encourage trademark filers of all experience levels to attend. We'll post a recording of this event on this page and on the Trademarks Webinar Series page within three weeks of its conclusion. All registrants will receive an email with the video link when it is ready.


  • Jason Lott, Managing Attorney for Trademarks Customer Outreach
  • Matthew Schwab, Staff Attorney, Electronic Filing and Public Web Services

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Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

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If a state is not listed, contact your state bar to see if you can obtain credit in your state. Participants who attend the live session will receive a certificate of attendance and presentation materials for acquiring CLE credit in other states.