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Want to Register a Trademark?
Here are a few things to know about registering a trademark.
After choosing the distinct word, symbol, or design that you want to trademark, the next step is to file a trademark application through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Registering a trademark online is a fairly simple process, yet it is highly suggested to work with an experienced trademark attorney to ensure your trademark is properly filed with the USPTO.
Approximate costs to register a trademark
The costs to register are approximately $275 to $325 and requires additional information such as the categories of goods and services for which the mark will be used as well as the date of the mark’s first use in commerce.
Conduct a trademark search before tyring to register a mark
However, before completing the online registration form, one should conduct a trademark search and check the site’s Trademark Electronic Search System (“TESS”) database to make sure someone else does not already hold a registered trademark for the same category of good or service you offer.
Again, this is where having an experienced trademark attorney is highly suggested to ensure you successfully regsiter a trademark.
Trademarks do not have to be federally registered through this database to be protected from the use of others; trademarks can be valid simply by being the first in use in a geographic area.
Moreover, many trademarks are also registered within the owner’s state trademark office, so this again, is another place to conduct research. Lastly, after researching, filing, and paying the fees you simply will have to wait. A response should be given back within six months of filing.
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