What documents should we prepare to file a trademark?

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Trademarks are an important part of any business, and if you have a new product that you plan on selling, it’s important to get one. However, there are several documents that need to be prepared before filing the application. Here is what you will need:

Trademark application form

The US trademark application form is one of the most important documents you need to file for a trademark. This form will be used by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to process your application and determine whether it meets all of their criteria. You must fill out a new form every time you want to file an application with the PTO, even if it’s just changing information or adding more details about your brand.

The TM-6 is used for filing an international trademark application outside of the United States. The TM-7 can only be used by small businesses who don’t have any employees, but want to protect themselves from competitors selling similar products or services under different names.

The TM-11 and TM-12 forms are both required when filing a new mark that includes color(s). If this applies to your business, make sure that you fill out these two directly after completing your other requirements so they can go through before anything else gets started! If not using these two forms doesn’t apply at all yet then don’t worry about them until later on down which road we’re on now – just keep reading along as we continue discussing what documents need considering first before making decisions about filing trademarks…

Information about the applicant

You should provide information about the applicant, including:

  • Name and address of applicant
  • Name and address of agent, if any
  • Name and address of person authorized to receive correspondence for the applicant

If you are a corporation or organization (including an LLC), you must also provide information about each officer. If you are an individual, your name and address will suffice for this part.

Description of mark

The description of mark should be as detailed as possible. This section should include the goods or services for which the mark is used, but it may also include other relevant information such as:

  • The classifications of goods or services for which the mark is used (e.g., “Men’s and women’s clothing”)
  • The classifications of goods or services for which the mark is not used (e.g., “Sunglasses”)

Drawing of mark

A trademark drawing should be clear and easy to understand. To make sure that it is, follow these steps:

  • Include only the elements of your mark that are necessary for showing how you want it to look. For example, if you’re filing a trademark for “Big Apple,” don’t include the name of your city or state. It’s unnecessary because it doesn’t have any effect on how we see or recognize “Big Apple.”
  • Make sure everything in your drawing is clear enough so that anyone who looks at it will easily understand what they’re seeing without needing additional information. For example, if you’re filing a trademark for “Orange Juice,” don’t draw oranges touching each other in such a way as to imply that they’re overlapping; instead show them spaced apart from one another with space between the two slices of orange (or more than two slices).

Specimen showing use of the mark.

A specimen showing use of the mark is a real-world example of how the trademark is actually used in commerce. This can take many forms, but typically involves a photograph or drawing that shows how one or more products are labeled, advertised, packaged or sold with your trademark clearly visible. The specimen should be black and white if possible; color images may be submitted if they are used as actual examples of use (for example: advertisements). Sizes should be large enough to read easily when printed out on standard printer paper; if you have questions about this requirement please contact us at [email protected].


It is important to establish a date of first use in the United States when filing an application for a trademark. If you can’t show this, your application will not be considered.

Priority establishes the relative order of filing dates among competing applications. If you apply for a trademark and someone else has already applied for the same mark, you may have a problem if their application has priority over yours (they filed first). To avoid this problem, it is best to file your application as soon as possible so that they will not have priority over yours.

The USPTO only considers applications based on actual use of a mark in commerce (or intent to use) within six months prior to submitting an application under Section 1(a) or Section 44 of the Trademark Act (as amended). This means that you must actually be using your trademark before applying for it with USPTO’s electronic system TEAS Plus® Online Filing System using EFS-Web Access Center interface at https://www.uspto .gov/trademarks/teas/.

Before filing a trademark application, you should make sure you have all legal documents ready.

Before you apply for trademark, you should make sure you have all legal documents ready. These include:

  • The application form
  • Applicant information (identification of the applicant,file address and contact details)
  • Description of the mark (should describe the mark in detail)
  • Drawing of the mark (should show how it looks like and should be proportional to other elements in your application)
  • Specimen showing use of the mark (this can be a photograph or video showing how you use your product or service)


In conclusion, if you want to file a trademark application, it is important that you have all the necessary documents ready. This will ensure that the process goes smoothly and quickly.

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