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Trademark FAQ

How long does it take for a trademark to be registered?

It is hard to predict how long it will take for an application to mature into a registration since many factors can affect the process. Generally, an applicant will receive a filing receipt almost instantly after filing. In addition, you should receive an initial response from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) within approximately three months of filing the application.

However, the total application processing time may be anywhere from 6 months to a year, or even longer. Most applications are processed completely in slightly less than one year. Overall processing time depends on your basis for filing and any legal issues that arise in the examination process.

Current status on trademark applications and registrations can be obtained by accessing the Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval database online at To check on average processing times, please visit

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