Before preparing and filing trademark applications, it is our typical practice to run trademark clearance searches. Depending upon the circumstances, there are different levels of searches which may involve various databases and jurisdictions, as well as an Internet search. Once a search has been conducted, if appropriate, we provide the client with a freedom-to-use opinion to minimize potential liability.
After a mark has been cleared and upon instruction, we file a trademark application. Our fees and the official filing fee for the application is dependent on the number of classes of listed goods or services in the application. The current per class filing fees can be located at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office web site.
After filing a trademark application, a response is usually received from the Examiner within six months. While the majority of the trademarks we file are allowed with minor adjustments, in some cases it will be necessary to respond to various rejections or file certain amendments. Our fees for those responses will be at our hourly rates plus the cost of any miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses.
If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please feel free to contact us.