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Alt Legal WebinarSearching Rescue: Advanced TESS Searches

Alt Legal Team | February 26, 2021
2 min read

This webinar was recorded on February 25, 2021.

Searching Trademark Office records is key to assessing whether a trademark is a good candidate for registration. In this webinar, former USPTO trademark examiner Ed Timberlake guides you through searching Trademark Office records from the basic index to X-Search summaries. Ed guides you through crafting trademark search strategies wide enough to find relevant records while narrow enough to review in less than a week. Topics include:

  • How to perform basic and more complex freeform TESS searches
  • How to use prior registrations (& refusals) to craft a trademark strategy
  • What X-Search summaries are and how to use them for fun and profit
  • What similarity and relatedness are and how they impact your trademark applications

You can download the presentation slides here and view the recording here (registration required).

You can download all of the webinar materials here.

Timed Agenda:

5 minutes: Introduction

10 minutes: The Database(s): What they are, what’s in them, what’s not

10 minutes: Principles of Inclusion

10 minutes: Principles of Exclusion

5 minutes: Similarity

5 minutes: Relatedness

5 minutes: X-Searches

10 minutes: Conclusion, Questions


  • For more about TESS searches, check out this article.
  • For more about cannabis trademarks, check out this past webinar.
  • Check out this recording from Alt Legal Connect last year, an interview with a former USPTO trademark examiner.
  • For more about coordinated classes, check out this article.

Speaker Bio:

Ed Timberlake is a former Trademark Examining Attorney at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, former Copyright Examiner at the U.S. Copyright Office, and Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law. He focuses entirely on trademarks & copyrights, primarily providing advice, preparing & filing applications, and maintaining registrations.

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