Do you have an initial application, response, or other filing that hasn’t been assigned or reviewed yet?
We understand your frustration. We’ve been experiencing an unprecedented surge in new applications over the past year that has also resulted in a surge in responses to office actions and processing post-registration filings.
As a result of this surge, you may experience longer than normal wait times in the following circumstances:
New application in the Trademark Status & Document Retrieval (TSDR) system and Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) system
Initial applications generally appear on the TSDR documents tab in about a week. However, if you file your initial application without an International Class, the pre-examination unit takes longer to review and display your application data.
Additionally, if the trademark has a design element, such as stylized wording or an image, you won’t be able to use the TEASi pre-populated Application for International Registration until our pre-examination unit enters the drawing code or design codes.
New application assigned to attorney
With the huge surge in filings, our unexamined application inventory is much higher, and it takes longer than usual to examine initial applications. See the current first action pendency information in the chart below.
Responses to office actions
Processing by the examination support unit may take longer than usual.
Processing post-registration maintenance filings may take longer than usual.
We trust this information sheds some light on our current challenges to keep up with the demand of registering your trademark. We’re taking numerous actions to improve our current wait times. We’ll be keeping this data updated to reflect any fluctuations in our wait times.
You can help by reading these tips on avoiding processing delays. Filing your initial application, response form, and post registration accurately can speed up the process.
We appreciate your patience, and apologize for any inconvenience these delays may cause.
Customers with a specific technical question about their TEAS application can contact our TEAS team directly at TEAS@uspto.gov.
Customers with an urgent question about a filing or the status of their application or registration may contact the Trademark Assistance Center at 1-800-786-9199 (select option 1).
|As of October 2021||Pendency Target||Current Pendency|
|First Action||2.5-7.5 months||6.4 months|
|Disposal||13.5 months||11.3 months|
See the Trademarks dashboard for more data.