Trademark Search & Registration
A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider, and to indicate the source of the goods or services.
You have the option to register your trademark at either the state or federal level. A state registered trademark only protects your mark from infringement within that state. A Federal registered trademark provides protection across the entire country, but is only available if you do business with other states or internationally. If your business platform can show transactions that span beyond state borders, you can gain the beneficial protection of a federally registered mark.
There’s no legal requirement for you to register your trademark, but there are benefits for your brand if you do. Registering your mark gives you the exclusive right to use it in either your state or nationwide. In the event that someone does use your mark, it’s easier for you to take legal action.
When you register your trademark, it’s presumed to be your property. Having to prove use and ownership of an unregistered mark, however, can be difficult and expensive. A trademark is an asset to your business that’s worth protecting, and registering your mark is the best way to do that. When deciding whether or not to trademark your brand, the first thing to consider is whether your mark will be approved at state and federal level. As a rule of thumb, the registration of marks that are generic, descriptive or likely to cause confusion with existing trademarks are not allowed Your mark can’t be a word or phrase used commonly in the industry or similar to another company’s mark. Trademarks are an important part of your brand, and insuring they are compliant is the first step to creating an indefinable and effective mark.
Difference between State and Federal Trademark Registration:
- Protects your mark within state lines.
- Available when you only do businesses within your state.
- Does not offer protection in other states.
- Does not help register in other states.
- Protects your mark throughout the U.S.
- Available when you do business with different states or internationally.
- Provides a presumption of the mark’s ownership.
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How long it will take to register my trademark ?
Provided that all documentation necessary is submitted, state level can take an average of 3-4 weeks and Federal level up to 6 months to complete.
What is the process to register a Trademark ?
- Ensure your mark can be trademark
- Check the trademark availability to avoid any conflicts
- Identify your unregistered mark classification (one or more class)
- Seek professional and legal advise
- File the application to register the mark
What to expect if I hire your trademark services ?
Once our service is contracted and you have submitted your business name or logo, an attorney will conduct the initial search name and availability and discuss the results via email or phone. If everything is compliant, the attorney will prepare the filing application and submit to the United States Patent and Trademark Office wit all necessary documentation and a confirmation notice will be sent for application status and tracking.
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