How much does it cost to get a trademark registered

The cost to apply for and maintain a trademark registration depends on multiple factors. For example, your initial application cost depends on which application filing form option you choose and the number of classes of goods or services in your application. Once you apply, you may need to pay additional fees, depending on your filing basis. After your trademark registers, you will need to pay maintenance fees periodically to keep your registration alive. See our trademark fee information and the fee schedule for more detailed information.

Your application filing option

Our initial application form has two filing options: TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard. See the difference between these two filing options.

Option 1: TEAS PlusOption 2: TEAS Standard$250 per class of goods/services$350 per class of goods/services

Your application filing basis

Your filing basis depends on whether or not you’re currently using your trademark in commerce, and impacts what actions and responsibilities you have throughout the registration process.

For example, if you’re already using your trademark in interstate commerce in the United States, you’ll select the use-in-commerce filing basis. If you have a bona fide intention to use your trademark in interstate commerce in the United States, you’ll select the intent-to-use filing basis. An intent-to-use filing basis may include additional fees at various points in the process. Learn more about the use-in-commerce and intent-to-use bases.

Fee for each class of goods or services in your application

You pay a fee for each class of goods or services in your application. The more classes of goods or services you include, the higher the cost. For example, if you’re filing a TEAS Standard initial application, you’ll pay $350 per class of goods or services. If you have two classes of goods, then you’ll pay $700 ($350 plus $350). However, if you have multiple goods that belong in the same class, you’ll only pay $350 because you’re only filing for one class.

Maintaining your registration

After you register your trademark, you must file documents to maintain your registration at regular intervals. These documents cost different amounts to file based on the number of classes in your registration. For example, every ten years you must submit a declaration of use and/or excusable nonuse and an application for renewal. This has a filing fee of $525 per class of goods or services. Therefore, if you have two classes of goods, you’ll pay $1050 ($525 plus $525).

The name you choose for a new business is often among its most valuable assets—one well worth protecting. By trademarking your company name with the United States Patent Trademark Office (USPTO), you gain nationwide protection against competing businesses that may be inclined to use a similar name.

Here’s what you can expect to pay for state business name registration or federal trademark registration.

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The trademark process

Once your business name is granted trademark protection, you can protect it from being used by another person or entity in a similar line of business. The process for trademarking a name at the federal level begins with conducting a trademark search to ferret out any potential conflicts.

Assuming there are no conflicts, you’ll then need to complete an application for trademark registration with the USPTO. In the application, you must identify the mark as well as the class of services or goods for which it will be used in commerce.

If your application is approved, the USPTO grants a mark for your business name, it then gains federal trademark protection against infringement on a national level, and allows you to affix the prestigious ® symbol to your goods and services.

It also provides you a leg up if it becomes necessary for you to enforce your mark in an infringement action lodged in federal court. The trademark for your business’ name is valid for a period of 10 years, after which time you must file an application for renewal.

Fees to trademark a business name

When filing an application to trademark your business name on a federal level through the USPTO, you should count on paying between $250 and $750.

According to the USPTO website, the trademark fees you’ll pay depend on:

  • The number of trademarks you seek
  • The number of classes of goods and services you intend to register under. 

An applicant may only apply for a single trademark in an application. The cost to file an application is generally $250-$350.

Filing cost of a trademark application online

The USPTO prefers that applicants file electronically through the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).

The fees for electronically filed trademark applications generally range from $250 to $350 for each class of goods or services.

Filing cost of a paper application form

While the more popular and suggested method of filing a trademark registration application involves the use of the TEAS, you can also file a “paper” application form with the USPTO in certain circumstances.

The cost to file a paper trademark application is normally $750 for each class of services or goods.

No matter which filing method you choose, keep in mind that the filing fee is not reimbursed to you in the event the USPTO denies your application to trademark a business name.

Renewal costs

After the 10-year trademarking period has expired, the fee for applying to renew your mark can be as high as $300 to file electronically, and $500 to file a paper application.

Other costs

In addition to the filing fees, in the event you decide to retain a trademark attorney to assist you with the trademark application filing and registration process, you should add another $600 to $3,000 to your budget to cover those fees.

Enforcing your trademark rights is your responsibility. It’s important to monitor your trademark and act promptly if you believe someone is infringing on it.

The complete trademark fee chart (“fee schedule”) is accessed by clicking on the button immediately below:

All Trademark Fees

Note: Almost all trademark fees for any part of the process are calculated on a per class basis for all listed goods and/or services, which will make overall fees higher if goods/services fall in more than one class.

Initial application fee for electronic filing

Option 1: TEAS PlusOption 2: TEAS Standard$250 per class of goods/services$350 per class of goods/services

The cost of attaining a trademark varies depending upon the filing basis selected, and which initial application form is used. Each of these filing options have specific requirements that impact the fee amount. There are certain factors used to calculate the filing fee for an initial application, and you should be familiar with these factors before accessing the new application forms:

  1. Number of marks: Only one mark may be filed per application. If you have multiple marks, they require separate applications, each with its own filing fee
  2. Number of classes: You must pay for each class of goods and/or services in the application. For example, if the application is for one mark but the mark is used on goods in two different classes, such as computer software in Class 9 and t-shirts in Class 25, then a filing fee for two classes is required before the application could be approved.
  3. Application filing option selected: TEAS Plus and TEAS Standard

Possible additional fees for intent-to-use applications

  1. Requesting extension of time to show use of mark (if not part of initial application): $125 per class; and/or
  2. Showing use (if not part of initial application): $100 per class.

Note: A more detailed overview of Trademark fees is also available.

After mark registers

1.    Filing Declaration of Use after 5 Years (§8 declaration): $225 per class (if filed before the grace period); 
2.    Filing Declaration of Use after 5 years (§8 declaration) combined with Declaration of Incontestability (§15 declaration): $425 per class (if filed before the grace period);
3.    Filing Declaration of Use and Application for Renewal every 10 years (Combined §8 declaration and §9 renewal): $525 per class (if filed before the grace period).
4.    Filing Declaration of Incontestability (§15 declaration): $200 per class.

Note: Additional fees will be required if filing within the grace period. A more detailed explanation of maintenance filing requirements is available.

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    Methods of payment

    TEAS and TEASi have been enhanced to allow for payments via a new online fee payment management tool, Financial Manager. Once you complete your order in TEAS or TEASi, you’ll have the option to “Pay as a guest” or “Sign in” using your uspto.gov account credentials. View an introduction to Financial Manager to help you get started. If you need assistance using Financial Manager, please contact the USPTO help desk at 1-800-786-9199 and selection option 3, then option 4. You may also send an email to [email protected]

    Financial Manager offers you three easy to establish, easy to manage methods of online payment:

    • Credit Cards accepted are VISA®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express®. All TEAS forms accept credit card payment. 
    • USPTO Deposit Accounts are pre-paid fund reserves that customers can establish to pay fees to the USPTO. For more information, please review the Deposit Account Rules and Information page. Instructions on how to replenish deposit accounts are available on the Deposit Account Replenishment Options page.
    • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFTs) make it easy to pay fees to the USPTO directly from your U.S. bank account. For more information, please review the Electronic Funds Transfer page.

    Alternative method of payment:

    • Credit Cards accepted are VISA®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express®. To pay by credit card when not using TEAS, you must submit a Credit Card Payment Form.

    We do not accept cash payments. 

    Foreign funds not accepted: All fees must be in U.S. dollars. For additional information on payments, review the Fees and payment page and the Fees and payment FAQs. The USPTO encourages paying fees online using the forms available on the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).

    Refunds generally unavailable

    Fees paid are generally not refunded by the USPTO. Registration is not automatic and requires legal review by an examining attorney. Please take all necessary steps to ensure your mark is entitled to receive a trademark registration before filing an application. For example, it is important to take steps such as consulting the USPTO Manual of Acceptable Goods and Services (ID Manual) and searching the USPTO database before beginning the application.  For more. Information on the USPTO refund policy, see TMEP Section 405.04.

    Fee questions

    For questions concerning fees and payment methods, contact the Trademark Assistance Center.

    Written by Jane