What is federal trademark registration®?
A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, sound, smell or device, or any combination that identifies and distinguish your goods and services, including a unique product, from those manufactured or sold by others. A trademark indicates the source of the goods and services, even if that source is unknown.
What type of protection does a federal trademark registration give?
A federally registered trademark can be the most appropriate form of protection in order to prevent other people from passing off goods and services under the brand name you have chosen. Customs officials stop all unauthorized uses of federal registered trademarks at the border, preventing counterfeit goods entering the US.
What are the requirements for getting a trademark?
A trademark application includes the words and/or design you choose, along with a specimen of the trademark as it is used with your goods and services and a description or listing of the goods and services associated with the trademark.
Is registering a trademark appropriate for me and my goals?
The answer can sometimes be clearly yes, and the answer can sometimes be clearly no.
Other times, the answer may be that it might become appropriate to invest later after the trademark has been used in interstate commerce.
What are the steps to register a trademark?
This is the overview of the correct process.
1.Determine if your brand name is available for your goods and services through an evaluation
2.Use your brand name in interstate commerce
3.File an application for registration
4.Receive a certificate of registration and use the ® with your brand name
Each trademark is unique and so is every situation.
We understand that and work with our clients to understand the nuances and develop an individual and appropriate trademark and intellectual property strategy.