One of the most commonly asked questions by both businesses and attorneys located in New York City is "what is a define trademark?" In order to answer this question, it is vital to understand the state and federal laws which govern trademark rights in New York. This article will provide an overview of trademark law in New York, as well as information regarding frequently asked questions about trademarks and how to protect them.

A trademark is a distinctive mark or symbol that represents a company's core identity. It can include anything from words, designs, symbols, slogans, logos, and images that have been registered or established by use. Trademark registration in the United States is governed by both state and federal law. Thus, the rights and protections associated with trademark registration, as well as the registration process itself, vary from state to state. New York is no exception.

It is important to note that, in order to register a trademark in the United States, the applicant must first apply for registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This process can be lengthy and costly. As such, many applicants opt to register their mark in New York City in order to establish both state and unregistered national trademark rights. This approach is available to anyone vising from any U.S. state.

The New York State Trademark Law grants trademark rights to both unregistered marks and marks that have been registered with the USPTO. In addition, New York offers certain special protections and advantages to marks that are registered first with the State.

For example, if the mark registered with the State is then used in interstate commerce, the owner of the mark may qualify for two years of enhanced protection if they also register with the USPTO. This enhanced protection can be invaluable for business owners seeking to protect their brand identity. It can also provide substantial legal cost savings if the mark should later be challenged in court.

In order to register a trademark in New York, the requestor must file an application with the New York Department of State’s Division of Corporations. The application must include a description of the mark appearing on the goods or services, as well as the type of goods or services to be identified by the mark. The application must also be accompanied by a listing of all existing worldwide registrations for the mark.

Once the application is submitted, the applicant must comply with certain additional filing requirements, such as submitting a specimen of the mark or paying a filing fee. Once the application is approved, the mark is registered in New York for a period of ten years. Registration can be renewed for additional ten-year periods upon request.

In addition to registration with New York, businesses should register their marks with the USPTO. Registration with the USPTO establishes a nationwide legal basis for the exclusive use of the mark and enhances protection by prohibiting others from using a similar mark in commerce. In addition, federal registration also grants the owner a variety of other benefits, including access to court jurisdiction in trademark infringement matters.