Trademark FAQs

What is a Trademark?

A trademark is a term, phrase, design logo, or slogan that is used in connection with particular goods and/or services. 

What are the benefits of owning a trademark registration?  

A trademark registration provides the owner with the exclusive right to use the mark or any similar mark in the United States in connection with similar goods or services.  Trademark rights can also be licensed or sold to others. 

How much does it cost to register a trademark in the United States?

The average cost of drafting, filing and prosecuting a trademark application is approximately $2,500-3,000 over 1-2 years.  This average includes drafting the initial application, payment of filing fees and issue fees to the government and fees any back and forth between the Trademark Office and the attorney.  

What is the difference between in-use and intent-to-use trademark application?

An intent-to-use application is appropriate when you have not yet begun to use your trademark in association with your goods and/or services. An in-use application is appropriate when you have begun to use your trademark in association with your goods/services.  A trademark must be actually in use prior to receiving a federal registration.  

Does a trademark need to be renewed?  

Yes, a trademark registration must be renewed at 5 year intervals during the first 10 years of registration and every 10 years thereafter.  A trademark must be in use with the specified goods or services to successfully renew the registration.  

How long does the federal trademark application process take?

The trademark registration process typially takes between 6 months and a year.