TradeMark Express Services

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They have provided excellent service and have gone over and beyond to help me through the whole process of setting up my trademarks.

They are professional and have various services they can provide. Highly recommended.

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Very professional and knowledgeable. Great communication and attention to detail.

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Life savers for entrepreneurs who wear all the hats in their business!

I have been working with TradeMark express for over 11 years now! And I have to say it’s been a pleasure! Chris, Carol and the entire team and referred attorneys are amazing!!”

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  • We provide multiple trademark service packages to serve your needs
  • We can assist with trademark research, application, renewals, and monitoring services
  • We offer a pay-as-you-go option
  • You can enjoy saving up to $1000 or more with our packages
  • Our services are timely, comprehensive, and affordable

Why Do You Need Trademarking Services?

Trademarking is an essential part of creating your business and can have significant effects on your success as well as the existence of your business. For example, if another company finds that you are violating their trademark, they can sue you for infringement, which can shut down a business completely. When you invest in our research services, you legally own your identity and can protect it in the marketplace.

Having comprehensive research and a properly filled out trademark application is a must for not only getting your trademark approved, but also finding a name, logo, or slogan that is truly unique. The research services we provide can not be done by yourself on the internet; we search all possible databases and sources, and use researching techniques specific to trademarking to find names, slogans, or logos that look or sound the same as your desired mark. What’s more, we can have your application approved the first time — saving you time and hundreds of dollars.

With trademarking services you get access to our expertise that can save you time and money, and can allow you to focus on what’s important — your business.

Why Choose TradeMark Express®?

TradeMark Express offers Los Altos and Washington D.C. top-rated and affordable trademarking services. Since 1992, we have been helping businesses save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on trademarking. When you work with us instead of a trademark law firm, you save money and get timely, comprehensive results, as well as access to trademark lawyers when you need them. We offer multiple packages and payment options, including pay-as-you-go. What’s more, we offer trademark ordering, renewal, and monitoring services to make sure that your business is protected. Contact us today to get started!

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TradeMark Express Premium Package : Comprehensive Research & USPTO Application

OUR BEST DEAL! TradeMark Express will search your mark in the pending & registered Federal and State trademark files and in the US National Common-Law files and if clear, prepare and file your US Federal trademark application – all for one fee of $700. Order this package and you save $1000 over trademark attorneys.

TradeMark Express understands the many expenses new business owners face, we also know how necessary comprehensive research and analysis is prior to filing. To help our clients, we have four different payment options:

  • $700 Premium Package — Our Best Deal!
  • $375 PAY PLAN — per month for 2 months = $750.

How We Work :

Before TradeMark Express conducts the comprehensive research, we will do a FREE check for the exact name at the USPTO. If there is a conflict, we will call to inform you so you may provide us with your 2nd choice name.

TradeMark Express will search the pending and registered Federal and State trademark files in accordance with the USPTO’s policy, namely looking for similarities in sound, appearance, or meaning. This involves searching for synonyms, spelling variations, word placement, etc.

  • US Federal & State Trademark Analysis: TradeMark Express will analyze the research results for FREE. If there are conflicts or strong similarities found, we put a hold on the rest of the research until you’ve had a chance to speak to the referred trademark attorney in our network.
  • Not Using Name - If after speaking with the attorney, you decide not to pursue the name, a rollover of your remaining balance begins. Our comprehensive research and application package is non-refundable. However, any remaining funds may be applied towards another name, which remains open for 2 years from the original purchase date and may not be extended.
  • Going Ahead With the Name – If there are no conflicts or strong similarities, or if after speaking with the attorney you decide to pursue the name, the next step is the US National Common-Law.

Why Choose TradeMark Express®?

TradeMark Express will search for commercial availability of the mark in numerous files. Businesses have “first use” or Common-Law rights to their trade names in whatever geographic trade area they serve. The US National Common-Law research will help you to determine if you face any trade restrictions.

  • US National Common-Law Analysis: TradeMark Express will analyze the research results for free. If there are conflicts or similarities found, we put a hold on the rest of the research until you’ve had a chance to speak to the referred trademark attorney.
  • Not Using Name - If after speaking with the attorney, you decide not to pursue the name, a rollover of your remaining balance begins. Our comprehensive research and application package is non refundable but any remaining funds may be applied towards another name at any time.
  • Going Ahead with the Name - If there are no conflicts or similarities, or if after speaking with the attorney you decide to pursue the name, the next step is the US federal trademark application preparation & filing.

Other search companies combine the Trademark and Common Law searches together because they offer no analysis of the searches. So, even if your trade name is blocked early in the Trademark search, you will pay for the complete Common Law search.

Our approach requires more expertise and is more time consuming for us, but immensely better for our clients! The money our clients save can be better spent on finding a new legally clear trade name. We have saved our clients more than two million dollars by recommending against unneeded Common Law research!

The USPTO charges a fee of $350 per class, which is separate from TradeMark Express’ fees.

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TradeMark Express Start-Up Package

$400 Start-Up Package! TradeMark Express will search your mark in the pending & registered Federal and State trademark files and in the US National Common-Law files.

Every new business owner needs to ensure that their new business name is legally available. Prior to investing your time, money & effort into a name, comprehensive research should be conducted to ensure that the name you’re interested in is truly available to use.

This entails searching the pending & registered Federal and State trademark files as well as the US National Common-Law files.

How it works :

We will conduct a free preliminary search of the USPTO TESS database. If clear, we will move to the next research step.

US Federal & State Trademark Research

TradeMark Express will search the pending and registered Federal and State trademark files in accordance with the USPTO's policy, namely looking for similarities in sound, appearance, or meaning. This involves searching for synonyms, spelling variations, word placement, etc.

US National Common-Law Research

TradeMark Express will search for commercial availability of the mark in over 6500 business databases. Businesses have "first use" or Common-Law rights to their trade names in whatever geographic trade area they serve. The US National Common-Law research will help you to determine if you face any trade restrictions with these established businesses.

If you want to also file for a Federal trademark, consider our premium package. You will save $100 off our trademark preparation service when you order with your needed comprehensive legal research at the same time.

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TradeMark Application Preparation Package

$400 Application Preparation Package! This is a perfect package for when you have done your comprehensive legal research elsewhere. We offer free analysis of your prior legal research report, to double-check if it was analyzed correctly and if in fact it is comprehensive. Our free review affords trademark attorney review as well.

How It Works :

  • Forward your prior trademark search to us for a free analysis.
  • TradeMark Express will email you a quick worksheet for you to complete so we may write your trademark application, including a professional representation of your goods or services associated with your trademark. Once received, we will then prepare and submit your Federal trademark application. Please allow 2-3 days service time.

Our trademark application preparation and filing does not include step-by-step comprehensive research. We will analyze other firm's research to make sure it is comprehensive before filing. State or Federal USPTO trademark filing fees vary and are not included in the application preparation service. Your filing fee is due when we electronically file your State (filing fees range widely, per State) or Federal USPTO trademark application — $350 per class. Filing fees are separate from TradeMark Express’ service fees.

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Rollover Policy

Urgent Trademark and TradeMark Express Premium & Value packages are non-refundable. Any remaining funds may be applied toward future research. This policy is advantageous to our clients for many reasons :

1) Urgent Trademark Package Details: We will research up to three names, slogans, or logos to get one legally clear name. There is no refund if all 3 of your choices prove to be legally blocked because at that point we may have spent up to 30 hours of staff and trademark attorney time, and incurred database costs that exceed our fixed fee. We hope your chosen mark is legally clear, but our job is to keep you away from a mark that is not. Be assured that only about 5% of our Urgent Trademark clients exhaust three mark choices. Think positive!

2) TradeMark Express Premium Package Details:

  • Even if you decide to not pursue the name, you will want to search another name for your service and/or product line. This policy enables you to use the funds on an “as-needed” basis.

For example, if Name One is blocked on the US Federal & State trademark levels, then you’ve only spent $200 of your $700 original Premium Package. Another comprehensive research and application package can be ordered for Name Two anytime, using the remaining $400 balance plus a new trademark research fee for the new name. No trademark research company or attorney offers this exclusive TradeMark Express exclusive step-by-step benefit. Please note, we work on your trademark application from the outset of your order, whether or not your name, logo, or slogan is legally clear or not. We will not file your trademark until your and your mark are ready!

  • If you have other trademark filings, it’s strongly recommended that comprehensive research be conducted every 2-3 years to ensure that no other mark is infringing upon you. It’s each applicant’s responsibility to police their own mark — the USPTO will not do this for you.
  • By offering step-by-step research, TradeMark Express ensures that each client only pays for what is necessary. Other search companies offer a package as well; however, the main difference is that both searches are done REGARDLESS of the findings. By doing the research in steps, TradeMark Express saves it’s clients time, money, and effort by NOT doing unnecessary research. For instance, if there is an exact conflict in the US Federal & State trademark files, then why would you want the US National Common-Law search? It makes more sense (common and financial) to rollover that remaining balance towards a new name and search.

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Pay As You Go

TradeMark Express will search your mark in the pending and registered Federal and State trademark files and in the US National Common-Law files and if clear, prepare and file your US Federal trademark application — each step will be completed per your request.

How it works :

  • $200 US Federal & State trademark research & analysis – After conducting a free preliminary USPTO search, TradeMark Express will search the pending AND registered Federal AND State trademark files in accordance with the USPTO’s policy, namely looking for similarities in sound, appearance, or meaning. This involves searching for synonyms, spelling variations, word placement, etc. This is an exhaustive search — a truly comprehensive search that you need because it is the basis to determine if your proposed name, slogan, or logo is legally available. Expert analysis and trademark attorney review are included so we can offer you a step-by-step approach and conserve your comprehensive investment in research, and it speeds the trademark process. Our expert analysis saves you at least an hour of trademark attorney time or $300 to analyze your research. If there are conflicts or similarities found, we will refer you to a trademark attorney to discuss the research report. This is a huge benefit as no other trademark service offers analysis, attorney time, and step-by-step research.
  • $200 US Common Law research & analysis - TradeMark Express will search for commercial availability of the mark in over 6500 paid databases. Businesses have “first use” or Common-Law rights to their trade names in whatever geographic trade area they serve. The US National Common-Law research will help you to determine if you face any trade restrictions. This too is an exhaustive comprehensive search – that you need because it is the basis to determine if your proposed name, slogan, or logo is legally available. Expert analysis and trademark attorney review is included so we can offer you a step-by-step approach and conserve your comprehensive research funds, and it speeds up the trademark process. Our expert analysis saves you at least an hour of trademark attorney time or $400 to analyze your research. If there are conflicts or similarities found, we will refer you to a trademark attorney to discuss the research report. No other trademark service offers analysis, attorney time, and step-by-step research.
  • $400 - US Federal trademark application preparation and filing -TradeMark Express will write and electrically file your US Federal trademark application. Your trademark rights will begin immediately as we will receive a serial number back from the USPTO the moment we file your name, slogan, or logo. While awaiting registration, products can use a ™­ symbol and services are ℠. Final registration will be achieved in 9 to 12 months, then you can use a ® symbol for both products and services.

To save $100 off of the application preparation and filing, consider ordering one of our packages. All of the necessary services to trademark your name, slogan, or logo are included and you save $100!

Please be aware that the USPTO charges $350 per International Classification if filed online.

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Federal & State Trademark Details

Trademark Express Premium Package Details :

  • Our combined Federal & State trademark search determines whether your proposed name is available for trademarking in the United States.
  • We research pending and registered federal marks and registered state marks through the online database provider LEXIS-NEXIS or Dialog.
  • Because we break your name into smaller segments (truncation) and search for combinations of these segments (rotated), we find conflicting marks as well as those strongly similar in sound, appearance, or meaning. This produces a comprehensive search, which is a crucial process in finding similar names.
  • Similar marks are important to find. Trademark law offers protection against any name that could be confused in commerce with an existing trademark.

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Federal & State Research Analysis

Trademark Express Premium Package Details :

  • After the Federal trademark search is complete, TradeMark Express analyzes the results before proceeding to the US National Common-Law Search.
  • If there are any conflicts or strong similarities with your name, we put a hold on the rest of the research until you’ve had a chance to discuss the report with the referred trademark attorney.
  • If your name is blocked by a Conflict or Strong Similarities, we will save you from unneeded additional US National Common-Law research. At that point, our Rollover Policy takes effect.
  • Other search companies and intellectual property attorneys do not offer the benefit of stopping midway to analyze the research.
  • If the search is clear of Conflicts or Strong Similarities, we will proceed with your US National Common-Law search.
  • Step-by-step research is one of our major benefits.
  • You will save trademark lawyer fees for their time to analyze each search.
  • Our trademark research analysis is included! This is a $400 savings from what trademark attorneys typically charge.

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U.S. National Common Law Research Details

Trademark Express Premium Package Details:

  • Businesses have “first use” or common law rights to their trade names in whatever geographic area they serve. The US National Common-Law search tells you if and where the trade name is available for commercial use. The US National Common-Law research will help you to determine whether you face any trade restrictions.
  • Common law research is important to do before you use your trade name OR expand its geographic area. It must be completed before applying for a State or Federal trademark.
  • Because trademark law is based on the principle of first use, you may be infringing upon another business’s rights to the name, even if you own the trademark.
  • LEXIS-NEXIS and Dialog information services include the following sources, to name a few, to determine whether your name is currently in use anywhere in the United States:
    • Over 16 million trade names are searched — yellow pages, company directories, DBA fictitious name filings, company directories, newspapers, trade journals, court records, tax records, municipal records, credit records, product databases, industry sources, etc.
    • Dun & Bradstreet - Dun’s Market Indicators consist of over 11 million Dun & Bradstreet Enhanced DMI records, plus over 16 million US records from D&B’s vast data warehouse. With over 98% of the records being private companies, DMI is widely recognized as the premier source for hard to find, basic company information.
    • Company and product information databases - including American Business Information, US Business Directory Company Intelligence, Database America All Business File, and dozens of other company and product directories.
    • Prompt, MARS, and other full-text news sources - Hundreds of major newspapers, newsletters, business and industry-specific journals, periodicals, abstracts, and reviews.
    • Industry-specific sources - Specialized databases are researched for names in the following industries: entertainment, communications, computers, publishing, medicine, pharmaceuticals, electronics, technology, and sports.

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Common Law Research Analysis

  • After your Common Law search is complete, TradeMark Express will analyze the results before proceeding to prepare and file your trademark application.
  • We will determine if your trade name is commercially available.
  • Any conflicting or strongly similar commercial use would enjoy first use rights under U.S. common law.
  • Step-by-step research is one of our major client benefits.
  • If the search is clear, we will prepare and file a USPTO Federal trademark application.
  • If your Common Law search is blocked, we will save you from spending your money and time applying for a trademark. At that point, our Rollover Policy takes effect.
  • You will save trademark lawyer fees for their time to analyze each search.
  • If the research is seemingly blocked, then we recommend:

1. Doing a competitive check to verify if the other mark is still in business, then

2. Before reviewing it with 1 of the 9 trademark attorneys in our independent network.

  • Our common law research analysis is included! This is a $400 savings from what trademark attorneys typically charge.

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Federal Logo Research

  • Logo designs, although pictorial in the composition can be reliably searched using a codified numeric search strategy. Such an approach allows a search on any drawing element because each has an assigned numeric code. A logo design search sometimes takes up to 2 hours to write the search strategy before going online!
  • Fax or email TradeMark Express your logo design for a free consultation on whether or not it warrants a Federal trademark search.
  • We recommend searching your logo design if it is planned for product use, and/or is a central element of your marketing efforts.
  • Logo design research is not recommended if the art is too descriptive, merely a type font, or the use is too limited geographically.
  • There are limitations to logo design searches. Only Federal trademark databases may be searched. State trademarks and commercial common law logo design databases do not exist on a comprehensive level. Only Federal Trademarks can be searched comprehensively for logo designs.
  • Our Federal Trademark logo design research and application preparation & submission is $700. We need 4 – 7 days for this complex search. Please call or email us for a free consultation!

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Research Analysis

Trademark Express Premium Package Details:

  • Research analysis is the #1 reason to hire TradeMark Express for your research needs.
  • The key to expert research by TradeMark Express is that we patiently review and analyze each search as soon as it is completed, thus enabling you to complete your searches in two steps instead of one.
  • We are not aware of any search company that analyzes its searches for clients. Trademark attorneys will analyze their ordered searches, at their hourly fee.
  • Trademark and common law searches run from 300 to 500 pages of research, from comprehensive search companies — an extraordinary amount of data to pour over in order to decide if a name is truly available.
  • An infringed trade name holder has an indefinite time to enforce its trademark rights against you!
  • TradeMark Express analysis benefits our clients in two ways.

1. First, it allows us to break the Federal/State Trademark and Commercial Common Law Research (first use) searches for a Step-By-Step approach, (see above).

2. Secondly, you will not need to take your research to an attorney for review.

  • Exact research conflicts are easily noticed. However, trade name similarities based on the similarity of sound, appearance, and meaning are usually very difficult for the untrained person to find.
  • It is very common for people to either overreact or under-react to any given similarity found in a search. Research experts at TradeMark Express are trained to conduct and analyze each search. This can help online when having to make split-second decisions about what is possibly relevant.
  • We offer a FREE review of your own research or that done by other trademark companies to determine if it had been done comprehensively.

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USPTO & 50 State Application Details

TradeMark Express offers alternatives:

  1. 67% off expert trademark application preparation

    Your trademark application preparation is $100 off if the Research Package is ordered. We will prepare and file your Federal or State trademark application for just $100. Government filing fees still apply.

  2. $400 Federal or State trademark application preparation and submission.

    These fees apply if you do not conduct any research through TradeMark Express, or if you pick the Pay As You Go option. Government filing fees still apply.

Our clients typically take 3-5 hours to successfully write their own trademark applications, often after several attempts. We strongly recommend letting TradeMark Express prepare your application to maximize your goods or services protection and to make sure your application will be accepted the first time.

The State governments and Federal government charge filing fees separate from our fees. States’ fees vary from $10 to $125. The USPTO fee is $325 per class, per application if filed online. If filing a paper application, the fee is $375 per class, per application. TradeMark Express prepares and files applications online only — this saves you $50!

Not all trade names need a National Common Law search. If it is a local business, TradeMark Express offers a State common law search for $35 to $85. Please call us.

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USPTO Application Renewals

If you filed as a USPTO Intent-to-Use

The USPTO will send Intent-to-Use applicants a Notice of Allowance, which essentially is your notice that the USPTO is waiting to hear from you if the mark is actively in use. You have 6 months from the date the Notice of Allowance was sent to respond. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of the trademark.

If you know you will not be in commerce within 6 months of your Notice of Allowance, then it is recommended that an Extension of Use be filed, which is $125 per class. One extension gives applicants an additional 6 months to file the Statement of Use. The USPTO grants 5 extensions, with some exceptions.

TradeMark Express will prepare and file this form for $150.

If you filed as an USPTO Intent-to-Use and are not ready to use the name

You need to be aware that there are additional forms necessary for keeping your Federal trademark active.

There are four applications that TradeMark Express will prepare and file for you.

Once the name is actively in use in commerce (i.e. across state lines or between the US & any other country), the USPTO needs to be notified via a Statement of Use/Amendment to Allege Use form, a $100 per class and a specimen of use.

Failure to file this form will result in the cancellation of the trademark.

TradeMark Express will prepare and file this form for $150.

If your USPTO registered trademark has been in continuous use for 5 years

To keep your trademark active on the Federal Register, you must be aware of your registration date. Between the 5th and 6th year of registration, the USPTO requires that either a Section 8 or Section 8 & 15 Affidavit be filed. These forms are essentially the USPTO’s notice that the mark is still actively in use. The USPTO fee for this is $125 for the Declaration for Continued Use, per class. Add $350 per class if USPTO Section 15 incontestability is needed. TBD by our protective research. See below.

Failure to file this form will result in the cancellation of the trademark.

TradeMark Express will prepare the USPTO forms you need for $400 or we offer this service for just $200, if you are also ordering at the same time, our $400 protective comprehensive research to main the mark against infringers as needed is best. Under trademark law, it is your duty to maintain your own trademark against infringers. So, our fee will be just $700. See the following:

Trademark Protective Research – Enforcement – Acquiescence

Existing marks need protection. We recommend a protective search for marks when they are 2 years old. When you have a trademark, you have an obligation to maintain it, to protect it, and to enforce it. You need to catch people before they use the name too long and become entrenched into the name, slogan, or logo. They will eventually gain rights from you if you ignore them long enough which is called acquiescence (giving up rights). When you have a trademark, your obligation is to enforce it — or else lose it. Your trademarks achieve expanded rights in sound, appearance, and meaning, over mere Common Law rights. This added ownership cannot simply be researched by yourself on the Internet. This is what TradeMark Express does — including research result analysis and attorney time. These are very important points of having a trademark. We strongly recommend enforcement, otherwise known as protective research, every 2 years. We offer trademark monitoring services too. Please call to discuss!

If your USPTO registered trademark has been in continuous use for 10 years

To keep your trademark active on the Federal register, you must be aware of your registration date. Between the 9th and 10th year of registration, the USPTO requires that a renewal be filed. The fee for the renewal is $425 per class.

Failure to file this form will result in the cancellation of the trademark.

TradeMark Express will prepare and file this form for $400, or we offer this service for just $200, if you are also ordering, at the same time, our $400 protective comprehensive research to main the mark against infringers — as needed. Under trademark law it is your duty to maintain your own trademark against infringers. So, our fee will be just $700. See following:

Trademark Protective Research – Enforcement – Acquiescence

Existing marks need protection. We recommend a protective search for marks when they are 2 years old. When you have a trademark, you have an obligation to maintain it, to protect it to enforce it. You need to catch people before they use the name too long and become entrenched into the name, slogan, or logo. They will eventually gain rights from you if you ignore them long enough —called acquiescence (giving up rights). When you have a trademark, your obligation is to enforce it — or else lose it. Your trademarks achieve expanded rights in sound, appearance, and meaning, over mere Common Law rights. This added ownership cannot simply be researched by yourself on the Internet. This is what TradeMark Express does – including research result analysis, and attorney time. These are very important points of having a trademark. We strongly recommend enforcement, otherwise known as protective research, every 2 years. We offer trademark monitoring services too. Please call to discuss!

Maximize Your Protection

Our clients typically take 3-5 hours to successfully write their own trademark applications — often after several attempts. We strongly recommend letting TradeMark Express prepare your application to maximize your goods or services protection and to make sure your application will be accepted the first time.

The State governments and Federal government charge filing fees separate from our fees. States’ fees vary from $10 to $125. The USPTO fee is $350 per class, per application if filed online. If filing a paper application, the fee is $350 per class, per application.

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