Trademark Filing in USPTO

Trademark Filing in USPTO: Important Things to Remember

Trademark filing helps to register the mark actually used or proposed by an individual claiming to be the proprietor of the trademark. This requires initial search conduction to find out the trademark class. It helps in application filing. Also, the goods/services mark description is incorporated.

Type of Trademark Filing Applications

Both traditional and non-traditional marks registration application remains accepted by the USPTO. Also, USPTO accepts certification, non-visual marks, and collective marks.

Word Mark

The wordmark must have all letters and words in Latin characters and all numbers in Roman or Arabic numerals. Mark may contain common punctuation or diacritical marks, but no design elements. Use simple letters or numbers of the mark.

Design Mark

Use JPG format of the image with a scanning resolution of 300 to 350 dots /inch having 250 and 944 pixels of length and width respectively. The lines used must be solid, clean, sharp, and should produce a high-quality image in case copied.

Color Mark

The applicant must submit valid proof in order to differentiate the mark. Colour marks are visual. Use them in the color drawing. Additionally, it must have the following.

  • A color claim naming the colors which are mark features
  • A separate statement having the color appearance
  • In the location statement and color claim, one must use the general names of the colors.

Shape & Mark

While choosing a shape mark a complete description of the mark must be provided along with a 3D- depiction of the mark. Also, incorporate a drawing showing the 3D execution of the mark.

Sound Mark

One must submit an audio file in an appropriate electronic format (.wav, .wmv, .wma, .mp3, .mpg, or .avi format) having maximum size of 5MB. Further, a detailed description of the chosen sound mark must be provided by the applicant.

Scent or Flavor Mark

Under this, the applicant must prove particularity. Also, one must provide a complete written description of the scent, a specimen from which the scent or flavor belongs to. Additionally, a comprehensive description of the same must be provided.

Touch Mark

Under this, you need to represent the used mark graphically.

Motion Mark

If your chosen mark is motion, you must submit a drawing depicting a single point in the movement or a maximum of five freeze frames producing movement points. Additionally, submit a detailed description of the motion.

Collective Membership Mark

Members belonging to associations, or any other organization or group use this mark.

Certification Mark

A symbol, word, name, or device used via an individual other than its owner to certify regional or another origin, accuracy, material, or similar characteristics of services or goods of such individuals or the work on the services or goods was executed via union members or other organization.

Types of Trademark Filing Applications
Types of Trademark Filing Applications

Filing Date Requirements

The filing date requires the name of the applicant, a name, and the address on which the USPTO will send correspondence. Additionally, design and other non-traditional marks must incorporate an accurate drawing of the same and a list of products or services that one plans to sell under the trademark. For applicants residing in foreign filing fees for at least one class of goods or services, a domestic representative designation forms a basic requirement. However, after filling in additional fees for classes may remain submitted.

Additional Requirements for Trademark Filing

  • Applicant information
  • Legal entity type, if the applicant is not an individual
  • Citizenship, or state or country of incorporation
  • The basis for filing
  • A statement with complete verification. An individual possessing direct knowledge about both actual and facts or expert (implied) to act on the part of the applicant can sign the application. Also, a person having legal access for binding the applicant or an attorney with actual verbal or written power from the applicant can sign the application.
  • Incorporate a complete description of the mark in case of marks apart from standard character word marks.
  • If required, English translation or transliteration of the non-English word must be done in the mark.
  • For additional classes, unpaid filing fees play a role.

Also Read: Trademark Filing Fees: A Quick Overview

What’s Next to Trademark Filing?

Trademark filing is a cumbersome process that requires a proper itinerary. Hence, given below are the major points an applicant or owner must know after his/her trademark filing.

  • After application filing, the USPTO will issue an official filing receipt. Within 14 days of filing, the serial number and other relevant details of the application will be shown on the USPTO website.
  • After three or four months of trademark filing, the application will be examined. So, the USPTO examiner may object to the registration of your mark found to create a likelihood of confusion with other marks among customers or your chosen mark is simply too descriptive about the goods or services which you have claimed.
  • Address the raised objection within a specified time period. Otherwise, it will lead to office action for each objection. Within six months of tenure from the application mailing date, the applicant must respond to the office action otherwise the application will be discarded.  
  • After resolving all the raised objections, the applicant can publish his/her mark in the Trademark Official Gazette, and a publication notice showing the publication date will be issued.
  • If any party feels that their mark will be harmed, has the right to oppose the applicant’s mark. Also, he/she may request the extension of opposition time to 30 days of the publication date.

Other Steps Followed by the USPTO

  • Later on, the USPTO will issue a registration certificate under various sections if the application has no objection.
  • The applicant has 36 months of time from the date of Notice of Allowance for intent-to-use applications. It is an “allowance” period for the applicant to submit proof of use. Otherwise, it will result in application abandonment.
  • Every six months of the allowance period, a Statement of Use should be filed by the applicant or an extension request for time in order to file a Statement of Use showing bona fide for the use of the mark for the types of goods or services in the application.
  • Finally, after statement acceptance, USPTO will issue the registration certificate.

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Time Period for an Application to be Mature

Normally, it takes around 12 months of time for registered mark issuance. Moreover, it also depends on electronically filed documents, a period of no objections and no opposition filing period.

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