When it comes to doing USPTO trademark search, the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) is the most trusted and relied upon trademark search database. Doing trademark search in TESS database required specialized skills, a passion for details and well acquaintances with trademark regulatory norms. TESS may not have the most attractive user interface, but it offers surprisingly flexible search options through it’s expert search form.
Various Search Options available in TESS Database:
The Trademark Electronic Search System offers plenty of options and opportunities for trademark search professionals to extract the best trademark related data. For users there are some options that we can use to get the desired results. Let’s discuss these three options one by one.
TESS offers the following main search options including USPTO Trademark Search:
Basic Word Mark Search – Unlike other two search options the basic word mark search can’t be used to search design marks. This option is suitable for those trademark search professionals who are uninitiated and are not much aware about trademark search. The user can select the “Structured” option in the blue horizontal menu at the top of the page to switch to the advanced fielded search form. Select to search “plural and singular” or only singular terms and both Live and Dead, only Live, or only Dead trademarks.
Word and/or Design Mark Search (Structured) – This is advanced way of searching trademark related data in TESS database where-in we can not only search word marks but also the image marks that could have an impact on the products. However, before this search option is used we must refer to the Design Search Code Manual to see various relevant design codes. This advanced search form includes the option to define how many records are returned in the search results per page (100-500), and the user can also choose to automatically search for plural versions of terms.
Using Operators and fields for effective trademark search: The Trademark Electronic Search System comes-up with plenty of operators and fields that we can use to narrow and refine our search. Simply by using these operators and fields we can make our search even more authentic, reliable and aligned towards the goal.