If you have filed your U.S. trademark application through the Trademark Office at USPTO.gov, then you will obviously want to check your trademark status from time to time. If you provided your email address at the time you filed, then you should be notified of any updates. However, most people will want to be able to check the status whenever they want, versus waiting for an update. This is very easy to do.
Method 1: Checking Trademark Status in TSDR
The easiest way to check your trademark application status is to use the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) website. After filing an application, you were then taken to a confirmation page. This page will have shown you the Application Serial Number that corresponds to your application. If you did not print that page, write the number down, or otherwise save your Serial Number, that’s okay. If you included your email address in the application (and checked the box to allow notifications via email), then you should have received a confirmation email that also contains the number.
Once you have your Application Serial Number, checking the status is easy. Just enter that number into the TSDR search bar and hitting “enter.” This will take you right to your application.
Method 2: Finding Your Application Using TESS
If you cannot find your Serial Number, that’s okay, too. You can always use the TESS system to look up your application and find your trademark status. Start on the USPTO Trademarks homepage, and about halfway down the page you should see the “Search TESS” button. Click on that, and then under the “Select A Search Option” box in the middle of the page just click “Basic Word Mark Search (New User).”
Now that you are in the TESS system, you can type in your trademark and click “Submit Query” to search. The downside of this method is that if your search yields many results, then it can be more difficult to find your application. However, if you find your application you can click the TSDR hyperlink to view its status and any related documents. If you know that your application (or registration) has not been abandoned, then you can narrow your search by clicking the “Live” button before hitting the submit button.
Need Help Interpreting Your Trademark Application Status?
Hopefully this guide has helped you to locate your trademark application online. However, if you’re not very familiar with the process, the status might not make any sense to you. And if you have received an office action, you might not be sure how or when you need to follow up. If you are unsure about your application, please call me at (314) 479-3668, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete the contact form found on this page to schedule your free initial consultation today. I look forward to speaking with you.