Updated: May 8
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers two different trademark application filing options: TEAS (Trademark Electronic Application System) and TEAS PLUS. While both options are filed online, there are some notable differences between the two that can impact the cost and processing time of the application.
Here are some of the benefits of using TEAS PLUS over the standard TEAS application:
Lower Filing Fee: The filing fee for a TEAS PLUS application is currently $250 per class of goods/services, while the standard TEAS application fee is $350 per class. So, if you are filing for multiple classes, the savings can add up quickly.
Fewer Filing Requirements: To file a TEAS PLUS application, you must meet certain requirements, including providing a detailed description of your goods/services and selecting your goods/services from the USPTO's pre-approved list. In contrast, the standard TEAS application does not have these requirements. However, providing these additional requirements upfront can streamline the application process and reduce the likelihood of objections or rejections.
Expedited Processing: TEAS PLUS applications receive expedited processing and are usually reviewed by the USPTO within two to three months. In contrast, standard TEAS applications can take up to six months or more to be reviewed.
Lower Fees for Amendments and Responses: If you need to make changes to your application or respond to an office action from the USPTO, the fees for TEAS PLUS amendments and responses are generally lower than those for standard TEAS applications.
Additionally, TEAS PLUS applications require strict adherence to the filing requirements, so it may be best to work with an experienced trademark attorney or agent to ensure that your application meets all the requirements.