The United States Patent and Trademark office has a wonderful tool called the Data Visualization Center. You can quickly and easily view the big picture data for various IP sectors. For example, the Trademark dashboard shows the following information for the last quarter of 2012:
Over 400,000 applications were filed in 3 months, 3/4 filed electronically and about 50% of them were issued. The time to a first office action was a little over 3 months and the time to registration was about 10 months.
This information is very useful to both practitioners and IP owners. If you know approximately how long the process is going to take, the better you can plan you business strategies and lead times for product roll outs and marketing.
Here is some more useful information for planning purposes:
As you can see, nobody really files applications on paper anymore. The TEAS Plus system is useful if you need to be sure that you will get a register mark, but limits you identification of goods and services. Regular TEAS filings are both more expensive and prone to rejection, but they do allow you to specify the exact nature of the goods and services that you offer, provided that the Examiner allows your application.
How Can I Help?
If you, or someone you know, need to file a trademark or service mark to protect your products, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation by sending me an email or call TOLL FREE at 1-855-UR IDEAS (1-855-874-3327) and ask for Norman.
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