Trademark Application Costs
Your trademark application costs equal the total of what you pay for professional services plus USPTO filing fees, which vary depending on the application scope and type.
The Effect of Application Scope (Filing Multiple Classes)
When you file a trademark application you must designate one or more products or services with which to associate your trademark. The USPTO maintains a master list comprising thousands of products and services, categorizes them into 45 classes, and charges you an application filing fee per class. For example, if your trademark application designates the products t-shirts, shorts, and shoes these would all fall under class 025 (clothing, footwear, headgear) and you would only be required to pay for one class.
If, however, your application designates the products t-shirts and shorts, shoes, and includes embroidering services you would have to pay for both class 025 (clothing, footwear, headgear) and class 040 (treatment of materials), effectively doubling your application cost.
The Effect of Application Type (USPTO Form Used)
When you file an application to register your trademark you may use one of multiple forms, each carrying a different purpose and associated filing fee:
- Electronic Filing (TEAS Plus) – $225 per class
This lowest filing fee is reserved for applicants who can provide all necessary information at the time of filing, pay upfront, and agree to communicate with the USPTO electronically as they consider the application;
- Electronic Filing (TEAS RF) – $275 per class
This second lowest filing fee is reserved for applicants who can provide most of the necessary information at the time of filing, cannot pay upfront, or have special application considerations;
- Electronic Filing (TEAS Regular) – $325 per class
This standard filing fee is reserved for applicants who do not agree to communicate with the USPTO electronically; and
- Paper Filing – $375 per class
This standard filing fee is reserved for applicants who do not wish to file electronically.
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