Are Trademark Applications Public Record?

Yes. Trademark applications and all the information provided to the USPTO is made public and searchable via their online database TEAS. The law requires all trademark applications to be made public, including the applicant’s name, telephone, email, and address. The primary reason for making such information public is so the public can readily search for and identify the true owner of a trademark. Additionally, all information provided in subsequent filings, such as office actions, and post-registration maintenance forms, is also public record and searchable. All this is usually picked up by search engines, such as Google or Bing, and third party data providers and made available to the public.

Applicants should use caution in the information they provide on their trademark application to the USPTO. If an applicant inadvertently provides private or confidential information, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get that information removed or redacted.

There are ways to keep an applicant’s home address and email private during the registration process so it won’t be made public. This is why we always recommend hiring a skilled trademark attorney to file trademark applications.

If you need help filing a trademark application, please contact us for a free consultation.

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