The best place to check the status of trademark applications and registrations is the Trademark Status & Document Retrieval on the USPTO website.
The trademark application process is lengthy and trademark applicants are often not sure about the status of their application. Thankfully through the Trademark Status & Document Retrieval (TSDR) system, located at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website, trademark applicants and their attorneys can track application details throughout the process.
The USPTO recommends that trademark applicants should review their application status every 3-4 months between the filing date until the trademark is registered. In addition, the USPTO advises trademark owners to periodically check their trademark registration status after filing renewal documents with USPTO. This is good advice because missing an Office Action because it gets lost in your email is no excuse and your application will go abandoned.
The system is easy to use and figure out. When searching for a trademark application or registration, the searcher will need the trademark application serial number or the trademark registration number and enter it into the search bar.
The homepage of the TSDR system where a person can check the status of a trademark application or registration by entering the serial number or registration number.
Once a person enters a trademark serial number or registration number, they can view the trademark status and the relevant information about the trademark such as the owner, goods/services applied for, the attorney of record, the prosecution history and whether there are any Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings related to the application.
This is the status section of a trademark pulled up in TSDR based on its serial number. As indicated by the red underlines, this application is live, been given to an Examining Attorney who most recently accepted the applicant’s request for a six month extension of time to file a Statement of Use.
In addition to viewing the status of trademark applications and registrations, the TSDR system allows for people to view any and all relevant documents filed with the USPTO during the application process. Some common documents include the application itself, any Office Actions issued and the responses to them, notice of publication and the trademark registration certificate.
The trademark application above allows users of TSDR to view the application, Office Action, Response to the Office Action, an extension of time to file a Statement of Use and more.
One last handy feature of the TSDR system is it allows trademark owners and others to check the status of any proceedings involving a trademark application or registration with the TTAB and allow users to pull up any document filed as part of the proceeding.
Example of a trademark opposition proceeding and relevant documents from the filing of the opposition through the TTAB dismissal of the proceeding after the opposition was withdrawn by the plaintiff.
Do you have any questions about the TSDR system or how to search for your trademark application or registration? Leave a comment below or contact us directly and we will do our best to help you out.