Is searching the United States Patent and Trademark Office database necessary before filing my trademark registration application?

24 October, 2018

It is not necessary, but it is advisable to conduct a search of the United States Trademark Office database before filing your application to determine if there is a registered or pending mark that is similar to yours. You may use’s free search tool or go directly to the United States Trademark Office’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval (TARR) database.