Securing your brand name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is good business. The benefits of registration are undeniable, and include nationwide trademark protection, easier access to federal courts for litigation due a larger number of permissible complaints, as well as a presumption that the trademark is valid. However, you might be concerned about how much it costs to get a trademark. Is it expensive? How do you figure out how much the trademark process will cost?

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1.    Calculate the Initial Registration Costs

The basic cost of a trademark registration in 2014 is $375 if submitted on paper. Using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) is cheaper and costs either $325 (TEAS) or $275 (TEAS Plus). Do note, however, that this only covers the cost of registering a trademark in a single international class of goods or services. If you use your trademark or service mark for multiple classes, multiply the value by the number of classes in which you plan to register. These costs are generally only incurred once, at the moment of filing the application, barring any additional costs that may emerge, such as the fees for filing disclaimers or amendments, which are $100 each. Note that all of the aforementioned costs are subject to change, with notice given on the USPTO website.

2.    Don’t Forget about Subsequent Costs

Once the application is filed, additional costs depend on your use of the trademark. If you initially filed with an intent to use the trademark in the future, and your initial application gets the all-clear that no one else has already trademarked it, you will then have to file a Statement of Use (SOU) that declares that you’ve actually begun to use your trademarked term. You have to do this within 6 months, and there is an additional $100 fee. A $100 fee also applies to the Declaration of Continued Use you are expected to file between the fifth and sixth year from registration. Since trademarks are registered for a period of 10 years, you will also have to file this Declaration again, along with an application for renewal, 10 years after initial registration. The fee is $400. These fees only cover a single class. The more classes your trademark is registered in, the more money you will have to pay to the USPTO in maintenance fees.

Even with filing and maintenance fees, having a registered trademark is often worthwhile. For more help with trademarks, ask a lawyeryour intellectual property questions.

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