Mandatory electronic filing

A change in federal trademark regulations will make electronic filing mandatory for trademark applicants and registrants.


Read more about how mandatory electronic filing will affect you.

Requirement for U.S.-licensed attorney

A change in federal trademark regulations requires foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to hire a U.S.-licensed attorney to represent them at the USPTO.

 

Read more about how this requirement to hire a U.S.-licensed attorney affects you.

Trademark initial application forms

Already know which application form to use?

Start filling out TEAS Plus

Start filling out TEAS RF

Start filling out TEAS Regular

 

Not sure which application form to use?

See the chart and video below for help.

We have three initial application forms: TEAS Plus, TEAS Reduced Fee (RF), and TEAS Regular.

TEAS Plus has the lowest filing fee, but you must meet more requirements to use TEAS Plus than to use the other two forms (see the chart below for requirements). 

The type of mark you have — such as a logo, a standard character mark, or a sound mark — is not relevant when choosing your application form.

Application requirements

TEAS Plus

TEAS RF

TEAS Regular

Filing fee per class of goods/services

If the trademark in the application is used with goods/services in different classes, you must pay a fee for each class. For example, for a trademark for computer software in Class 9 and t-shirts in Class 25, you must pay for two classes.

 

$225

 

$275

 

$400

You must provide an email address and agree to correspond by email with the USPTO about your application.

 

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You must file additional application-related submissions online, including responses to office actions.

 

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You must select your goods/services listing from the USPTO Trademark Identification (ID) Manual, and your selection must accurately identify your goods/services.

 

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If you are a foreign-domiciled applicant, you must designate a U.S.-licensed attorney as your representative.
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If any of the situations listed below apply to your application, you must provide the relevant additional statements when you file your application. 

  1. The same mark has already been registered with the USPTO by the applicant, but the names of the owners are not identical.
  2. The mark includes color.
  3. The mark includes a design or stylized font.
  4. The mark includes non-English words.
  5. The mark includes non-Latin characters.
  6. The mark includes the name or portrait of a living person.
  7. The mark is currently in use and the applicant needs to limit use to a specific geographic area and identify the other concurrent users.

 

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Still not sure which form to use? Get details on each form.

 

Learn more about TEAS Plus
Learn more about TEAS RF
Learn more about TEAS Regular

 

 

 

Other application forms

If you don't see the application form you are looking for, see our other initial application forms