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Trademark Basics

A trademark is a brand name. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services. For more details see Trademark Basics From USPTO.

Online Filing: Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS)

For more details see Trademark On-line Filing From USPTO.

Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)

Use Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) to conduct a free on-line search of the USPTO database. TESS provides access to text and images of registered marks, and marks in pending and abandoned applications. The USPTO cannot provide guidance as to how you should search, beyond the HELP provided within the TESS site. For more details see Trademark Search.


A trademark, trade mark, or trade-mark is a recognizable sign, design or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organization, or any legal entity. A trademark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity trademarks are also being displayed on company buildings. For more details see Trademark.

Personal Information in Trademark Records

Please be aware that when you apply for a trademark registration you are making a public record. Accordingly, all of the information and documents you provide to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) during the prosecution of an application and maintenance of a registration are available to the public and will be viewable on the USPTO website even if the application abandons or the registration cancels or expires. Third-party websites and Internet search engines access and use this information, including your name as well as any addresses, phone numbers, or email addresses that you provide to the USPTO.

Why does the USPTO make this information public? The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) mandates the USPTO to provide records such as trademark applications and registrations for public inspection and copying. In order to adhere to FOIA, trademark applications and registrations are available on the USPTO website so that the public may conveniently inspect and copy them, if desired. For more details see USPTO FAQ on Personal Information in Trademark Records.

Please read this USPTO document regarding personal information in trademark records:

This document answers these questions:

Will my personal information be available to the public?

 Why does the USPTO make this information public?

 How can I see my trademark records?

Will my trademark records help provide contact information for someone interested in researching my trademark?

 How can I prevent my personal information from being placed on the USPTO website?

 Why is my trademark application and registration information now appearing on Internet search engines?

 What personal information may be removed from the record?


Details can be found at USPTO website:

Once you have changed your information with USPTO, the change will be reflected on this site and many other websites that use USPTO's public dataset. If you do not see your change on our website, please contact . Please send any comments and suggestions to as well.