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Patent & Trademark Resource Center: Trademarks

This guide provides a starting point for resources on patents and trademarks


What is a trademark?

A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.

What is a service mark?

A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods.


Trademark Basics Boot Camp

This free USPTO event series provides a comprehensive overview of the process for federal trademark registration and maintaining a federal trademark. If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur seeking to protect your brand and product identities, Trademark Basics Boot Camp is for you.

Search Tools

Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)

Search USPTO's trademark database to see if any trademark has already been registered and applied for.

Trademark Electronic Application System

USPTO's electronic filing system. Use it to file a variety of documents.

Trademark Assistance

Trademark Assistance Center

The Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) is the main support center for all customers, from first-time filers to legal professionals and experienced trademark applicants.

Legal Assistance

Information on hiring and finding a private trademark attorney.

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