Make sure your mark is available
before you apply.
Before you apply to register a trademark, a search should always be conducted to confirm that your mark is available for registration. Your trademark does not have to be identical to a registered mark for the USPTO to refuse to register your mark - it only needs to look similar, sound similar, or convey a similar idea. Work with experienced trademark attorneys now to prevent problems down the road. Avoid trademark infringement lawsuits and investing more time, money, and energy in a brand you may not be able to keep.
You fill out the law firm's online agreement and pay the flat fee by credit card.
The trademark attorney assigned to your order contacts you with questions about your proposed trademark and planned use.
Your attorney delivers the search report to you and provides their opinion and advice on how best to proceed.
With every standard search, we review your mark against a database of all pending and registered federal trademarks for phonetic similarity, orthographic similarity, misspellings, vowel and consonant similarity, similar abbreviations and acronyms, and similar prefix, infix and suffix variations. Common law searches include an additional review of millions of online records and websites, casting a very wide net to find earlier users of your mark. View a sample common law search report here. We recommend a common law search for almost all clients.