How to Trademark Something Yourself
Choose a Method of Application
The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) has three different versions of the application process, which differ in price and complexity level.
- TEAS regular: The standard TEAS version has more liberal requirements than the following two options and does not require any online communication. The standard TEAS fee is $325 per registered class.
- TEAS Plus: This version is entirely online, and maintains the strictest requirements for filing. To file with TEAS Plus, you'll need to choose an approved description of your product or service, pay all fees, file a completed application, and agree to correspond with the USPTO entirely online. The TEAS Plus fee is $225 per registered class.
- TEAS RF (Reduced Fee): This version allows you to pay a slightly reduced fee and also requires that you correspond with the USPTO online. The difference is that you don't need to file a fully completed application upfront. The TEAS RF fee is $275 per registered class.
File Your Trademark
As you file your trademark, you'll need to state the class of goods or services to which it applies. The USPTO utilizes the International Schedule of Classes of Goods and Services. You can search the schedule online to find the appropriate class. You'll also need to provide a precise description of your goods or services. Make sure your description is both succinct and specific.
Upon approval by the USPTO, you'll receive a "notice of publication" in the mail. This refers to your trademark being published in the Official Gazette. Within the following 30 days, anyone can oppose your registration or request an extension of time in which to file an opposition. An opposition might occur if your mark is already "in use." However, these instances are rare.
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