Trademark Registration Process

From start to finish, the federal trademark registration process can take anywhere from about eight months up to several years. The trademark prosecution time frame will depend on the type of trademark application that is used, if there are any refusals or rejections to the trademark application or other problems that arise in the trademark process, and if there are any oppositions to the trademark application.

Pre Trademark Registration Process

The trademark registration process for basic application includes the following:

  • The initial completion of a trademark application,
  • A USPTO examining attorney reviews the trademark application,
  • The USPTO issues a potential first refusal to the trademark application followed by a response,
  • The USPTO issues a potential final refusal followed by a response,
  • An appeal of the examining attorney’s final refusal if the trademark application was initially approved,
  • If filing an intent to use trademark application, a filing of a statement of use to finalize the process.

Post Trademark Registration Process

A federal trademark registration lasts for ten years, with mandatory renewals every 10 years thereafter. After the initial trademark registration, the registrant must file an affidavit stating various information that is required to keep the trademark registration alive. These filings must take place between the fifth and sixth year of the trademark registration. As long as a trademark registration is still valid and the trademark serves its purpose of identifying the source of goods and/or services, a trademark registration could, potentially, last forever – unlike a patent registration.