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The above-quoted fee is the General Counsel Online Filing Fee – the amount we charge for filing the federal trademark application on your behalf. This includes all activities leading up to and including federal trademark filing, such as working with you to assess the mark eligibility and class of service, searching the US Patent & Trademark Office databases and common law sources for conflicting marks and writing an opinion letter to you concerning likelihood of success. The Filing Fee does not include the fee charged by the USPTO for filing the trademark application, which is currently either $225 or $275, depending the how completely we are able to file. GCO will send you an invoice with a payment link via Slack and email at the time this USPTO fee is due. Payment of the fee is required in order for us to proceed with your trademark registration.
Post-Filing Fees are for services rendered AFTER the trademark application is filed. These will be charged in addition to the Filing Fee. They are each purchased as a separate Service Package. They are as follows:
General Counsel Online will send you links for these Service Packages after it has successfully filed the trademark, and as events are encountered. Before undertaking them, we will provide you an electronic invoice which you will pay in order to receive these services. As with the Filing Fee, these fees are exclusive of fees charged by the USPTO for post-filing transactions, such as amendments, revisions, appeals, copies and international filings. These range from $100 to $400, but can’t be predicted in advance, as they are often caused by Trademark Office Actions (i.e., responses to your application) and our own elections as concerns international filing. For more information on the services and deliverables associated with these fees, please see below.
The function of a trademark is to identify the source or origin of products or services used in commerce. It ensures that your business has the exclusive right to use a particular name or logo associated with your products or services, avoiding the likelihood that the market might be confused about the origin of those goods, and entitling you to stop others’ use of it. Trademarks are valuable property and can be licensed or sold like other property, providing your business with revenue and market leverage.
After you purchase the Trademark Service Package, you will complete a brief online questionnaire, which we call a “Trademark Registration Interview”. You will also upload any designs, logos or sound files, as well as specimens of your actual use of the mark, via our shared Slack Channel. This enable a more efficient and effective online Consultation following these steps. After our Consultation, we will conduct trademark searches and offer a brief opinion letter on the potentials for both success and failure of the registration. Before filing, we will again consult with you concerning our opinion and the advisability of filing. After that, we will proceed to file all necessary documents with the USPTO.
GCO’s trademark services are delivered in a graduated way, with different price points for each level of service.
“Filing” services are activities leading up to and including federal and state trademark filing:
“Post-Filing” services are activities that follow in the months after filing until the time that USPTO registers the mark, refuses to register the mark or the mark is abandoned. These activities are the subject of separate Service Packages, charged separately from this Service Package, as described below.
Each of these kinds of services has separate fees associated with them.
This Trademark Service Package is governed by the terms of the GCO Retainer Agreement with your firm. You were provided a copy at the time you registered. If you need another copy, please let us know. This Trademark Service Package adds the following additional terms and conditions:
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