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Trademark Filing Basics - Part 3

This is the third in a series of trademark filing basics.

Trademark Filing Application FeeApplication Fees
For current fees for trademark applications and amendments, please see the current USPTO Fee Schedule. Fee increases, when necessary, usually take effect on October 1 of any given year.

The basic fees are:

  • Application for registration, per international class (paper filing) $375.00
  • Application for registration, per international class (electronic filing, TEAS application)  $325.00

The fees cover a wide range of activities in trademarking including (as an example);

  • Application for registration, per international class (paper filing)
  • Application for registration, per international class (electronic filing, TEAS application)
  • Application for registration, per international class (electronic filing, TEAS Plus application)
  • Filing an Amendment to Allege Use, per class
  • Filing a Statement of Use, per class
  • Filing a Request for a Six-month Extension of Time for Filing a Statement of Use, per class
  • Petitions to the Director
  • Dividing an application, per new application (file wrapper) created
  • Additional fee for application that doesn’t meet TEAS Plus filing requirements, per class
  • Application for renewal, per class
  • Additional fee for filing renewal application during grace period, per class

The filing fee must be paid in United States currency. The USPTO accepts payment by credit card, check or money order, or through an existing USPTO deposit account. Personal, business and certified checks are accepted and should be made payable to “Director of the USPTO.”

A form for authorizing charges to a credit card can be accessed through all TEAS forms. If you are filing on paper, you can download the form for authorizing credit card charges from the USPTO website at forms/2038.pdf.

NOTE: If the application meets the minimum filing requirements and is given a filing date, the application filing fee cannot be refunded.

Trademark filing is based on the use of a mark for goods or services.  These goods or services are classified into common groups known as classes.  Registering a trademark means that you are registering a mark for a purpose that is contained within a class.

For a listing of classes, see

As an example,


(Electrical and scientific apparatus)

Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signalling, checking (supervision), life-saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, regulating or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; automatic vending machines and mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment and computers; fire-extinguishing apparatus.


Trademark filing can be expensive.  Only select the Class (s) that you must have to sucessfully for registering a trademark.

Share your experience in trademark filing, particularly with fees or selecting classes below.  If you are interested in learning more check out our report Trademark Filing in 10 Easy Steps.

How has it worked out for you?  Patrick



Trademark Squatting Sees Global Increase - an issue for Trademark Filing

Trademark Squatting Sees Global Increase
More brand owners than ever are seeking to do business in foreign countries, only to find that their trademarks have been registered by unscrupulous individuals.
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Trademark filing in one country may be fine, but if you intent to operate in multiple international markets then registering a trademark in each country simultaneously should be considered. The Madrid Protocol assists those seeking to trademark in multiple countries. The Madrid system offers a trademark owner the possibility to have his trademark protected in several countries by simply filing one application directly with his own national or regional trademark office. Professional advice from a trademark attorney is essential to prevent trademark squatting becoming an issue when you do your trademark filing.

Professional advice from a trademark attorney is essential to prevent trademark squatting becoming an issue when you do your trademark filing.

Have you been affected by trademark squatting. Let us know of your experience. Patrick

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Trademark Filing

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We aim to provide you with practical, up-to-date information on what is involved in trademark filing, so that you can either a) do it yourself or b) know enough to get good professional advice from a trademark attorney.

I recommend our e-report 10 Steps to Trademark Filing as a useful guide.

Why is this important?  Because trademarks are becoming an increasing part of every business to identify themselves and their products.  And with changes in accounting for intangibles, trademarks are becoming more valuable.

Please share your experiences in trademark filing – the good, bad and the ugly so that in sharing we can all learn and benefit.  Patrick


Apple trademark filing its icons, your turn

Apple has recently been trademark filing its icons that are used on the new iPad and also covers the current iPod and iPhone range of products.  So if Apple can do it – so can others.  In doing so, they are not only including a large version of the image of the icon but also a description of it eg “rounded corners depicting a stylized…”  This is standard practice for trademark filing a logo.

So if  you develop and sell software – for the icons associated with the software applications you may wish to consider registering a trademark for them.  This particularly applies to iPhone and iPad apps that you may be developing (but check the terms of use issued by Apple first before doing this).

Why, as some apps gain in popularity, some firms are doing a little search scamming and copying  the names, styles, and sometimes even the art of  these popular iPhone apps.  There are even some companies actually selling apps with work arounds known as  “Cheats” , adding this on to the titles of the app, and often at the same time then reusing the artwork from the original game.

So what should you consider doing.

  1. If  the artwork is orginal and you own it (you should) then trademark filing the icon is a good first step.
  2. The next step for developers who feel an app is infringing on their trademarks is to notify Apple.

You can send a message to to let Apple know about the infringement and requesting that the offending app is removed.  To have the wording right – think about getting a trademark attorney draft and possibly the email on your behalf.

Remember the icon on your application is your intellectual property and is just as important as the copyright  in the software you write.  Follow Apple’s lead and start trademark filing your icons.


Let us know how you things have worked out for you in trademark filing your icon.  Patrick


Registering a Trademark

Registering a Trademark to Protect & Profit in your Business

Registering a trademark is an essential step for a business to protect their brand and to profit from their business growth.

Registering a trademark has three benefits:

  1. protects your brand name, and can protect the brands of any of your products
  2. can generate profits in its own right
  3. it can be a balance sheet item

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