TRADEMARK GUIDE &QUESTIONNAIRE
b. Follow-up trademark clearance: if it is advisable to complete additional trademark clearance,
this work will be subject to the same costs as set out in Section 1 above.
3. Preparation and Filing of the Application. To prepare and file an application to register your proposed
mark with the USPTO, we will need the Program’s examples of use of the mark and the date(s) of its first use,
as described in Part II above. The costs during this stage of the registration process will be as follows:
a. USPTO filing fees: $225-$275; and
b. Attorney fees: $850.
The final decision on the format in which the mark should be registered will depend on the results of the
trademark clearance review and will be made by the Office of the General Counsel, in consultation with the
requesting Program, the Trademark Licensing Office and with the University’s outside trademark counsel.
After an application is filed, it will undergo several stages of examination at the USPTO. As a result, the time
for completion of a registration, from the time of the application filing and through the receipt of the
Certificate of Registration, varies. This time period may be as short as seven months in an application where
no substantive issues are raised, to as long as 18 months, or longer, in an application where either the USPTO,
or a third-party raises objections to registration.
4. Application Examination. Following the filing of the application, it will go through several stages of
examination and other procedures at the USPTO, before registration may be issued. Although the costs during
this stage of the registration process may be as low as $470, the total costs depend on the actions taken by the
USPTO, and the Program’s corresponding response.
a. Initial review by the USPTO Trademark Examining Attorney and subsequent USPTO review:
Approximately three to four months after the application is filed, it will be reviewed by an USPTO
Trademark Examining Attorney. If the Examining Attorney determines that the mark is eligible for
registration and that the application does not require any amendments, the USPTO will approve the mark
for publication. However, if the Examiner determines that the mark cannot be registered and/or that an
amendment(s) to the application must be entered, s/he will telephone and/or send correspondence to the
University’s outside trademark counsel explaining the reasons for refusals and/or stating other
requirements. The USPTO’s written communications may be in the form of a “Notice of Suspension,” a
“Priority Action,” an “Office Action” or an “Examiner’s Amendment.” The USPTO may issue more than one
letter of action – of the same or a different type (raising new, or restating previous, issues and/or
requirements) – in a single application. The USPTO may issue letters of action at various stages of the
registration process, including following the initial review, before or after publication, or during the final
examination immediately preceding the issuance of the Certificate of Registration.
i) Attorney fees for analyzing each USPTO telephone inquiry or written letter of
action, and preparing a blueprint for how to respond to the USPTO: $475;
ii) Submitting each Response to a USPTO inquiry or letter of action, if the Program
decides to respond following receipt and review of the blueprint for Response:
1. Response complying with USPTO technical requirements: $850; examples of
technical requirements include requests for entry of a disclaimer, submission of a
substitute specimen of use, submission of a new mark image, and revisions to the
classification or the description of the products or services, or to the description of a logo;