TEAS Plus FORM: This form has a lower filing fee of $275 per class of goods and/or services, but has stricter requirements, than the TEAS form. Select this option ONLY if you agree to:

NOTE:If you use TEAS Plus, you must pay an additional fee of $50 per class if at any time during the examination of the application the USPTO determines that (1) the application did not meet the TEAS Plus requirements as of the filing date; (2) you file a paper form after the initial application when a TEAS form exists for that purpose (e.g., a Response to an Office action); and/or (3) you refuse to receive correspondence from the USPTO by e-mail during the pendency of the application.

TEAS Plus Filing Requirements under Trademark Rule 2.22(a): To be eligible for the reduced fee, a TEAS Plus application must request registration of a trademark or service mark on the Principal Register under Section 1 and/or Section 44 of the Trademark Act, and must include the following at the time of filing:

  1. Applicant’s Name and Address;
  2. Applicant’s Legal Entity and Citizenship (or state or country of incorporation of a juristic applicant);
  3. Paper Correspondence Address. A name and address for paper correspondence;
  4. E-mail Correspondence Address and Authorization. An e-mail correspondence address and authorization for the USPTO to send correspondence to the applicant by e-mail;
  5. Filing Basis or Bases. One or more bases for filing, and all requirements of 37 C.F.R. §2.34 for each basis;
  6. Identification and Classification of Goods/Services. A correctly classified and definite identification of goods/services taken directly from the USPTO’s Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (“USPTO ID Manual”), at http://tess2.uspto.gov/netahtml/tidm.html;
  7. Identification and Classification of Goods/Services. A correctly classified and definite identification of goods/services taken directly from the USPTO’s Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (“USPTO ID Manual”), at http://tess2.uspto.gov/netahtml/tidm.html;
  8. Signed Verification. A verified statement, dated and signed by a properly authorized person;
  9. Drawing. A clear drawing of the mark comprising either: (1) a claim of standard characters and the mark, typed in the appropriate TEAS Plus field; or (2) a digitized image of a mark in special form. If the mark includes color, the digitized image must show the mark in color;
  10. Color Claim and Description of Color(s). If the mark includes color, a claim that the color(s) is a feature of the mark; and a statement in the “Description of the Mark” field naming the color(s) and describing where the color(s) appears on the mark;
  11. Description of Mark. If the mark is not in standard characters, a description of the mark;
  12. Prior Registrations for Same Mark. If the applicant owns one or more registrations for the same mark, a claim of ownership of the registration(s), identified by the United States registration number(s);
  13. Translation. If the mark includes foreign wording, a translation of that wording;
  14. Transliteration of Non-Latin Characters. If the mark includes non-Latin characters, a transliteration of those characters;
  15. Consent to Registration of Name or Portrait. If the mark includes an individual’s name or portrait, either: (1) a statement that identifies the living individual whose name or likeness the mark comprises, and written consent of the individual; or (2) a statement that the name or portrait does not identify a living individual;
  16. Concurrent Use. If the application is a concurrent use application, the application must meet the requirements of 37 C.F.R. §2.42;
  17. Multiple-Class Applications. If the application contains goods/services in more than one class, the application must meet the requirements of 37 C.F.R. §2.86; and
  18. Section 44 Applications. In a §44 application, the scope of the goods/services covered by the §44 basis may not exceed the scope of the goods/services in the foreign application or registration.
37 C.F.R. §2.22(a).

Minimum Requirements: To obtain a filing date under Rule 2.21(a), any application must include at least these five (5) elements: (1) the name of the applicant; (2) a name and address for correspondence; (3) a clear drawing of the mark; (4) a listing of the goods and/or services; (5) a filing fee for at least one class of goods or services. Obviously, a "complete" application must include other elements; however, merely providing these five elements at least ensures that the application will not be held "informal" and returned.

Mandatory Fields in Form: Mandatory fields are identified in the form with red asterisk (*) symbols. The form will not validate without entries in these fields, or where appropriate, without attachments of .jpg files. Where a mandatory field has been skipped, an "error" message will display. Unlike a "warning" message, which is displayed when information is not provided in an "optional" field, an "error" cannot be by-passed. An error requires you to return to that section of the form, and make the appropriate entry or attachment. If you cannot complete a mandatory field, you must wait to file the application until the information is available for you to enter; or, if attempting to use the TEAS Plus version of the form, consider switching to the TEAS form, in which that particular field might not be mandatory.

Customization: Some of the goods and services entries in the Manual are incomplete, and require that you correctly provide additional information within the recitations. If you do not correctly provide this additional information, the examining attorney will remove the application from TEAS Plus status, and require the payment of an additional filing fee of $50 per class of goods and/or services. E.g., the following identifications would require insertion of additional wording: "Reference books in the field of {specify area of use, e.g., science, history};" "{Indicate type of filter, e.g., oil, gas, air} filters for motors and engines;" and "Cleaning preparations for {indicate use, e.g., hand, automobile, oven}." Additionally, some entries include instructional language beneath the actual entry, within < > symbols. This language is only to assist in the proper selection of an entry, and will NOT be included as part of the actual identification after the checked entry is inserted into the form.

Your selection of goods/services must be precise and accurate. Do NOT simply select a listing that is "close" to your goods/services. If you do not find a listing that accurately identifies your goods/services, you may e-mail TMIDSUGGEST@uspto.gov to request that your identification be added to the ID Manual, and then wait for the addition before filing using TEAS Plus. For more information on this process, click here. If your request is not approved or you wish to file immediately, you must use the regular TEAS form.

The TEAS Plus version of the ID Manual intentionally does not include the following: (1) items classified in Classes A, B, or 200, because those marks are not eligible for filing under TEAS Plus; (2) any listings that appear in the "regular" manual under "000," because correct classification is required under TEAS Plus, and classification for these listings varies according to the additional information provided within the listing; and (3) the Class 25 listing of "Clothing, namely, ...", because this entry is too open-ended, and could result in items being listed that do not truly fall within this class. Since specific clothing items must be listed anyway, the TEAS Plus version of the form requires the initial selection of those specific items.

Additional Documents That Must be Filed Through TEAS under Rule 2.23(a)(1): In addition to the filing requirements under § 2.22(a), to maintain TEAS Plus status, the applicant must file the following communications through TEAS:

The additional fee(s) for each class of goods/services will be required if the applicant files one of these documents on paper. 37 C.F.R. §§2.6(a)(1)(iv) and 2.23(b).

E-mail: The application must include an e-mail address and an authorization for the USPTO to send correspondence by e-mail. 37 C.F.R. §2.22(a)(6). TEAS Plus will not accept transmission of an application that does not include this information.

If the application includes an e-mail address and an authorization for the USPTO to send correspondence by e-mail, no additional fee will be required if the e-mail address is amended to correct an inadvertent error in the address, as long as the amendment is filed through TEAS or entered by examiner’s amendment, or if the applicant changes the e-mail address via TEAS. See TMEP Section 609.02(b).

The additional fee will be required if the applicant or the applicant’s qualified practitioner files a change of correspondence address, and the correspondence address change does not authorize e-mail correspondence. 37 C.F.R. §§2.6(a)(1)(iv), 2.23(a)(2) and 2.23(b); TMEP §819.02(a). The applicant cannot avoid paying the fee by subsequently agreeing to authorize e-mail correspondence.