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 April 10, 2000

Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), http://tess.uspto.gov/ 

This new pilot program of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provides access to pending, current, and expired trademarks. More than 2.6 million records are presently accessible.

Users may search by field or segment (the "Structured Form Search"), a "Free Form Search," and the simplest, "Browse Dictionary."  

Using the latter feature, a search for "husky" retrieves 248 documents and 893 individual hits.  "Husky" has been used in trademark registrations for automobile floor mats, plastic tool boxes, fire trucks and rescue vehicles, garment hangers, and potato chips, to name but a few. 

Each record links to Trademark Applications & Registrations Retrieval (TARR) to display current status of the mark.

Try out your own last name in the dictionary search. I discovered some unknown Nybergs own a trademark for a fishing lure called "The Swedish Pimple." What a find!

The website also features a useful collection of "help" information to explain symbols, codes, and other features.

2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington