TESS-Elation!: Covering the gaps in your TESS knowledge

The USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) is a powerful tool legal professionals can use for a wide variety of purposes. Professionals can use TESS for free and effective searches for everything from trademark application clearance to expungement and reexamination research to trends in trademark applications. In this workshop, former USPTO trademark examining attorney Rachael Dickson will give you a tour of TESS and provide some of her favorite tricks and tips. In particular, she’ll teach workshop participants how to:
  • Use truncation and phonetic equivalents to find potentially conflicting marks
  • Utilize examiners’ X-searches to guide searching
  • Narrow results by relevant class and coordinated class
  • Apply search results to other scenarios besides clearance