How to Check for a Trademark Logo

Trademark logos are often images and/or slogans used to represent a business or organization. There are millions of trademark logos registered around the world. But, it's often difficult to know whether they are trademarked for legitimate use. Luckily, the United States Patent and Trademark Office houses the TESS, which is an online database that can be used to search for all registered trademarks. Using the TESS is relatively simple, as long as you have the proper search term for the trademark logo.

Things You'll Need

  • Search term or description for the trademark logo

Instructions

    • 1

      Visit the TARR database page on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website.

    • 2

      Scroll to the middle of the TARR database page, and click "Search Marks." The site will redirect to the (TESS) Trademark Electronic Search System page. Alternatively, you could click on the TESS link from the patent office homepage.

    • 3

      Select the "Word and/or Design Mark Search (Structured)" hyperlink on the Select a Search Option page.

    • 4

      Enter the search term or description relative to the trademark logo you are looking for.

    • 5

      Click the "Field" drop-down menu and select the appropriate industry relative to the trademark logo and search term.

    • 6

      Click the "Submit Query" button below the search fields to check the website for the trademark logo.

Tips & Warnings

  • A search term or description for the trademark logo is mandatory. Without a search term there is no way to identify or associate the logo with the proper company. In most cases, a search term can be the name of the company or organization the trademark logo represents, a description of the actual logo image or the wording of a slogan.
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