Last Published: 10/7/2020

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for registering trademarks in the United States and is the best source for information about U.S. trademarks and the federal trademark registration process.

If you have general questions about trademarks, contact the USPTO’s Trademark Assistance Center. If you have questions about your application during the examination process, contact your assigned examining attorney.

For general trademark information, explore and download the Trademark Basics booklet.

For complex questions and for legal advice, you may wish to hire an experienced trademark attorney to assist you. If you are a foreign-domiciled trademark applicant, registrant, or party to a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceeding, you must be represented at the USPTO by a U.S.-licensed attorney. Learn more about the benefits of hiring an attorney.

The USPTO cannot provide legal advice nor recommend an attorney.