Trademark application fees can be confusing. Here’s a summary to help.
(Note – these prices are accurate as of March 2021, but are always subject to change.)
Broadly speaking, there are two types of trademark applications:
Learn more about the two types of applications in this guide.
If you file for just your word mark (your business name, for example), that’s one “mark.” If you also file for your logo, that’s a second “mark,” which must be filed separately. And if you add your tagline, that’s another “mark.” The point is, the filing fees are per mark.
Moreover, the default fee is just for one class of goods/services. For example, if you want to register the mark in connection to beer and also clothing (two classes), you’ll have to double the fee. And if you want to add in food service (three classes), you may have to triple the fee.
Here’s an example:
The USPTO has two primary online application forms: TEAS Standard and TEAS Plus
Generally speaking, most startups, freelancers, and small businesses applying for a trademark registration will be able to use the TEAS Plus form, which costs $250. You have to use a pre-defined class of goods/services and manage your applications electronically through the USPTO website (among other requirements). If you don’t meet those requirements, you may have to use the TEAS Standard (which is $350 per mark, per class). You can also file by paper for $750, but seriously, who still uses paper?
The fees above are just the filing fees with the USPTO. You should also consider fees for running a professional trademark search and legal fees. Although every firm is different, Pixel Law has fixed fees for most trademark applications. You can learn about those on our pricing page. The search fee also depends on the company you use. We use one that usually charges $220 (as of March 2021).
(This article is general in nature and is not legal advice.)
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