The first step in applying for a trademark is to search the database of already existing trademarks to ensure that your proposed trademark does not copy an existing one. There many ways to do this most will involve a cost to search the database. There are other services such as trademark checkers that do so online.Prepare the Trademark Application
Trademark Examination Process
After you have filed your application with the USPTO, it will be assigned to an examiner. This examiner will take your application and will check it and examine it against existing trademarks. Additionally, the examiner will also ensure that you have properly filled out the application.
At the end of the examination process, the examiner will make a determination as to whether or not you will receive your trademark.
Publication of the Trademark
During the publication says, your trademark is published for a 30-day period. Anyone else can file against it. What this means is that if they file against the day will say that your new trademark will infringe upon their rights. After the 30-day period, your trademark will be well on its way to being published.
Allowance of the trademark
If the trade mark is not challenged, it will be registered with the USPTO. The USPTO will issue a trademark certificate 3 months after your trademark is published. There are other variables that could occur at this stage such as mediating between a published or challenged trademark.
As you can see, the trademark filing process has many steps. However with the proper understanding, you will be able to go through this process in a streamlined manner. the registration period for a trade mark through the USPTO is 8 months to 1 year. During this entire process, you need to ensure that you are following all of the steps properly.