PTRC | Trademarks with an image or graphic

Use the USPTO's Design Search Code Manual before using the TESS database.

  1. Start at
  2. Click on "Trademarks"
  3. Click on "Design Search Code Manual"
  4. Browse or search for the elements of your logo. For example, if you have a drawing of a table inside a circle, you would want to look up the codes for both tables and circles. In this case, tables are in Furniture, Category 12, and the specific design code for a table is 12.01.07. Note that Category 26, "Geometric figures and solids", is the largest category. Note the relevant codes.
  5. Go back to
  6. Click on "search trademarks (TESS)"
  7. Click on "Structured Form Search (Boolean)" (provides more search options than the "Basic Search" mode).
  8. In the "Search Terms" pull-down boxes, type in the design codes for your image, removing the decimal points. For example, 12.01.07 should be typed in as 120107.
  9. Open the pull-down menus for the "Field" and select "Design Code". Submit your query.
  10. Scan the results, and open relevant trademarks.

Some questions to consider in reviewing your results:

  • Do any of the results look like your design?
  • If so, could they be confused with your product or service?
  • Is the product or service similar to yours?
  • The more unique your design is, the more likely you are to receive your trademark.