If you have an application, response, or other filing that hasn’t been assigned or reviewed yet, we understand your frustration.
Customers filed new applications and trademark registration maintenance documents in record numbers in 2021. As we work through this surge of filings, you may experience longer than normal wait times in the following circumstances:
New application in the Trademark Status & Document Retrieval (TSDR) system and Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) system
Initial applications generally appear on the TSDR documents tab in about a week. However, if you’re filing an application under Madrid Protocol and your trademark has a design or stylization, such as stylized wording or an image, your application may take a little longer.
New application assigned to attorney
With the huge surge in filings, our unexamined application inventory is much larger, and it is taking longer than usual to examine new applications. See the current first action pendency information in the chart below.
Processing post-registration maintenance filings may take longer than usual.
We’re taking action to shorten average wait times and will update wait time information to reflect any changes. Since it takes time to track new wait time data, you may see that our information is generally one month behind. The published data below is the most current data available.
Sometimes your wait time will be less than the average, and sometimes it will be longer than the average. You can help shorten your wait time by following these tips to avoiding processing delays. Filing a complete and accurate initial application, response form, and post registration form can help speed up the process.
We appreciate your patience with us as we address the surge in filings, and apologize for any inconvenience these delays may cause.
Customers with a specific technical question about their TEAS application can contact our TEAS team directly at TEAS@uspto.gov.
Customers with an urgent question about a filing or the status of their application or registration may contact the Trademark Assistance Center at 1-800-786-9199 (select option 1).
|Trademark New Applications average processing wait times|
|Trademark New Applications||As of September 2022||Target|
|First Action||8.3 months||2.5-7.5 months|
|Disposal||13.8 months||13.5 months|
See the Trademarks dashboard for more data.