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How long does it take to get a trademark?
A trademark application will be approved normally in 7 to 14 months after the application is submitted.
Overview of Results of This Case Study:
(1A basis applications: are also called Use in Commerce applications, which are applications for marks already in use.)
(1B basis applications: are also called Intent to Use applications, which are applications for marks which haven't been used yet but the applicant has a plan to use the mark soon.)
Purpose of This Case Study:
This case study is meant to display the length of time of the trademark application approval process.
This case study looked at the applications to the Trademark Office with a filing date of 1/1/17 through, and including, 1/14/17.
It was then determined how many of those applications in that 14 day period were approved in each 3 month period following the application date (1/31/17 - 3/31/17; 4/1/17 - 6/30/17; 7/1/17 - 9/30/17 …. until 10/1/20 - 12/31/20).
The results are reported separately for applications depending on the basis of the application.
An application can be filed under a 1A basis or a 1B basis. A 1A basis means the mark is already used in commerce. A 1B basis means the mark has not been used in commerce but the applicant has an intent to use the mark in commerce.
Overview of Actual Numbers - Totals and Approval Numbers:
In the time period of 1/1/17 through, and including, 1/14/17:
Further Explanation of the Process of This Case Study and the Data:
Data was collected from the TESS website (US government trademark registration database).
For this case study, the date of approval is considered to be the same as the registration date -- which is when the rights of a federal trademark registration begin.
Only purely domestic applications were used. This means if the filing basis for an application included a filing basis related to foreign use or a foreign application it was excluded from the numbers.
A purely domestic application was considered an application with a 1A basis or a 1B basis. An application can have a filing basis of 44E, 44D, or 66A which means the mark was filed in relation to foreign use or a foreign application. If an application included a 44E, 44D, or 66A basis, it was excluded.
Also, an application can be filled with multiple bases – for example filed with a 1A and a 1B basis in the same application. Only applications with a single basis were used in the case study – so only applications with a 1A or 1B basis.
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