What are the Costs of Registering a Trademark Online?

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On January 17, 2015, the USPTO reduced certain trademark fees and introduced the new TEAS Reduced Fee (TEAS RF) application filing option. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced: 

  • The TEAS Plus initial application fee was reduced by $50, to $225 per class of goods/services.
  • TEAS Reduced Fee (TEAS RF) is a new application filing option with a fee of $275 per class of goods/services....
  • The fee to electronically renew a trademark registration was reduced by $100, to $300 per class of goods/services.

General information on filing a trademark or service mark application

Trademarks and service marks are identifiers for businesses, products, or services. Trademarks are for products, while service marks are for services. The trademark/service mark application process includes checking to see if your mark has been used already, gathering information and following the process and submitting documents, then paying a fee. 

You must file a new application for every category of goods or services for which you want to register. For example, if you want your trademark on a new kind of beer, that's one category. If you want the trademark on alcoholic beverages, that's a different category. 

Information on Trademark Filing Options

There are several options for filing a trademark or service mark application online, including a new option. The TEAS process (Trademark Electronic Application System) is a process for filing a trademark application online.

 If you decide to file a trademark application online, you have several options, including a new option. 

TEAS PLUS. This process has the lowest fee ($225 per category of good/service), but it has very strict requirements. These requirements include, according to the USPTO: 

  • The filing fee for all classes listed in the application;
  • An identification of goods and/or services taken directly from the USPTO Trademark ID Manual;
  • Certain mark-related information, if applicable, e.g., translation statement regarding non-English wording, color claim and description for marks featuring color;
  • A correspondence e-mail address and authorization for the USPTO to send e-mail correspondence concerning the application throughout the application process.

TEAS RF. TEAS Reduced Fee (TEAS RF) is a new application filing option with a fee of $275 per class of goods/services. The USPTO says this option "promotes electronic communication and application processing while giving applicants more flexibility in identifying their goods and/or services." 

The reduced fee option requires applicants to use email and file submissions electronically. But you don't have to identify specific categories of goods/services or comply with some of the other requirements for the TEAS Plus process. 

 

TEAS Regular. The regular filing process has a fee of $325 per category. Filing requirements are not as strict as the TEAS RF or TEAS PLUS programs, but applicants are encouraged to use email during the process. 

Let's say you begin a TEAS Plus or TEAS RF application, with specific requirements, but you don't satisfy all these requirements. You may switch to the TEAS Regular application process for an additional fee of $50. 

Does this process require an attorney? 

Filing a trademark or service mark application for the first time is a complicated process. The USPTO warns that the TEAS process has strict time limits for online filing, meaning you may be cut off in the middle of an application.

 For these reasons and others, you may want to consider hiring an attorney to complete the trademark filing process. 

For more detailed information on the trademark fee structure and these new processes, see the USPTO website

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