Checking the Name with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  1. 1
    Go to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Homepage

    Open up a browser and on the address bar, type and press ENTER.

  2. 2
    Perform TESS Search

    On the Trademark Tools & Links section of the page, click on the button the says, “Search TESS

    NOTE: TESS (Trademark Electronic Search System) is a free search system offered by the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) that is accessible 24/7 through the USPTO website.

  3. 3
    Verify TESS Name Status

    • You will be directed to the United States Patent and Trademark page’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).
    • On this page, you may choose any of the available options under the “SELECT A SEARCH OPTION” or the “ADDITIONAL SEARCH OPTIONS” as shown on the image as a reference.
    • Once you have confirmed that the Business Entity name that you have in mind hasn’t been taken, you may proceed to CREATE AN ONLINE ACCOUNT.

    In Summary

    So, that’s it. We’ve now completed the steps on how to check a business name with the US Patent & Trademark Office.

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