How to Search for Trademark Online

This brief tutorial will teach you how to search for a trademark online, so that you can see the status and other information about it.

Step # 1 – Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office Site

Open up your web browser and go to “”, which is the official website of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. On the bottom of the left sidebar you will see a “Tools” menu, click on “Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) to get started.

Opening the trademark search system

Step # 2 – Searching for Trademarks

A new window should have opened, and you should see “Select a Search Option” in the center of the page. Click the first option, which is labeled “Basic Word Mark Search (New User)”. A new webpage with a form will load, where you can now perform a search for trademarks. In the search term form, type in the term you want to search for and then click “Submit Query” below.

Submitting a search query

Step # 3 – Reading the Results

If there are any matching results, a table will show up with a list of trademarks. The table displays “Serial Number”, “Reg. Number”, “Word Mark”, “Check Status” and “Live/Dead”. Now you know how to search trademarks online by using

The results of your search in a list