Payment and Submission of a Trademark Application


trademark application payment and submission

Now we are going to describe the process of paying your trademark application fees to the USPTO and submitting your application to register a trademark. In previous steps in this series we have covered:

Trademark Fee Payment Options

After clicking the Pay/Submit button, the PTO requests the information needed for your payment method, such as credit card or checking account. Choose your poison and then enter the required information to begin the checkout process. The first option is to pay with a credit card.

trademark application filing payment screen


The other options include payment by deposit account with the USPTO, and electronic funds transfer from a checking account.

Trademark application payment options

Once you have entered your payment information and click on the submission button, then your application will be official.

Confirmation of Trademark Filing

You credit card or electronic funds transaction will process immediately, and upon acceptance of your payment, you will be taken to the following success screen. The success screen includes serial number assigned to your application. This serial number is very important and will be used throughout the process for corresponding with the USPTO and for checking the status of your application.

I always print the success screen as a precaution in case I do not receive the USPTO electronic filing receipt by email. Also, this screen has a STAMP with a tracking code that can be used for tracking in case something were to happen to the USPTO computers causing a loss or corruption of your data. Also, click on View/Save E-Receipt as a PDF file.  This will give you a nice PDF version of your filing receipt with your serial number and all of your application data for your records.

trademark application filing success screen

Finally, check your email for another copy of your filing receipt, and congratulations, you’re done!

Monitor your application every 3-4 months by checking the status in the USPTO TARR system, which stands for Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval. Beats me where the government comes up with this stuff. I’m sure they get paid a big bonus every time they come up with something that requires a new acronym, like TARR.

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