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This questionnaire helps determine if a mark associated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham should be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Please complete this form, attaching appropriate collateral materials/examples. All marks associated with UAB must be reviewed and approved by Marketing & Communications prior to registration. Note: if this is not an institutional mark and is a mark that has the potential for commercialization, you may be contacted by the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

General cost estimates are provided below but vary according to the scope of the project and the potential need to involve outside counsel.

Standard Cost Estimates:

  • Application filing fee single class: $275
  • Additional fees may also apply if the USPTO issues an office action or if a third party opposes the application.
  • Application requestor is responsible for all fees associated with registration of mark.

Following registration, you are required to show that you are continuing to use the mark between the fifth and sixth years of the registration by filing a Declaration of Use with the USPTO ($125 per class). A trademark registration is valid for 10 years, and the registration can then be renewed for additional 10-year periods as long as you are still using the mark. A Declaration of Use must be filed with the Renewal Application. (Combined Declaration of Use and Renewal Application cost is $425.) Please note that all costs stated herein are subject to change by the USPTO.

Upon registration, you are required to enforce against third parties that use the marks without permission in order to maintain rights to the mark. Infringement matters can be resolved through cease and desist letters, but also could include litigation that can be costly. You should promptly notify Marketing & Communications of any suspected infringement of the mark. Marketing & Communications will notify the UAB Office of Counsel for review of such infringement.

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