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What is a Trademark?

Federal Trademarks:

  •  A trademark is a form of protection used to brand or promote a product being offered in the market place in the form of a word, name, phrase, tag-line (Standard Text Characters) or symbol, graphic, color (Stylized and/or Design) or a combination of both used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the products/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the products/services.
  • A Federal trademark is filed with the USPTO and provides protection in all 50 states. To file for a federal trademark application the owner must be currently using or intending to use the mark in commerce across state lines (in more than one state).

State Trademarks are typically filed with the state’s Secretary of State Office and provide for service mark protection within the state.

Common Law trademark rights are obtained through use of the mark and are not governed by federal or state statute based on filing a trade mark application, instead common law trade mark rights developed under court created rights governed by state law.

Since common law trade mark rights are obtained through use, their scope is limited to the geographic area in which the mark is actually used, or in areas it may naturally expand.

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How to select a great Trademark name

First steps in selecting a trademark for your product or service.

1- List all descriptive words and synonyms that describe your product or service

2- Use the following rules to create a unique mark to identify your product or service

a) Cut & combine – i.e., Microcomputer & Software were cut and combined to make MicroSoft®

b) Cut – i.e., Intellectual (smart) cut to make Intel® (smart computer chips)

c) Misdirect – i.e., Apple a fruit, (Isaac Newton symbol of an apple is equated with smart) to make Apple® (a smart computer company)

d) Make up a word- i.e., Google

Create a list of possible trademarks using the rules above.

How to trademark a Name, Logo, Register a Trademark

How to get a Trademark? Once you have selected your Trademark using the section above file the trademark in 3 steps: gather your contact information and head over to USPTO and fill out a USPTO trademark application form at the USPTO and pay the Trademark application fee.

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How much does a Trademark cost? US Trademark cost

US Trademark Application: Attorney time $650 to prep federal trademark papers plus a $325/275 US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) filing fee and paralegal fee for a single goods/service class & single mark; for each additional goods/service trademark’s classification beyond the first – $150 attorney time (plus $325 additional filing fee  and paralegal fee for each additional goods/service class). ~$1075.  Time to prep: 1 week.

Intent to Use vs Use Application

“Use” Trademark’s (use is currently promoting the trade mark across state lines).  “Intent to Use” trademark applications plan to be using the trademark in the future.

Trademark Classifications

Trademarks fall into one or more of 45 classes of goods and services description categories.

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When should you use ® vs. TM/SM? Any time you claim rights in a mark that identifies a product or service, you may immediately use the “TM” (trade mark on goods) or “SM” (service mark for services) designation to alert the public to your claim,  whether you have filed a trademark application with the US Trademark Office or not.

® may only be used after registering with the US Trademark Office.

You may only use the federal registration symbol “®” after the federal US Trademark Office actually issues a registration for your mark, and not during a pending trademark application or after your registration has expired.

Trademark types:

TM vs ® What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

Use the TM symbol for new goods or services in advance of and during the trademark application process. Once a registered trademark with the USPTO, the ® may be used indicating that this word, phrase, or logo is a registered trademark for the product or service with the US Patent and Trdaemark Office (USPTO).

In addition, other trademarks categories, such as those based on color, smell,  sound, patterns or any distinguishing attribute by which an individual is readily identified, such as the well-known characteristics of celebrities may be protected.  Note, the essential function of trademarks is to exclusively identify the commercial source or origin of products or services identified by the mark.

What is a Service Mark? A service mark (SM) is a mark similar to trademarks, except it is a form of protection used to brand or promote a service being offered in the market place. The terms “trademark” and “mark” often are used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

What is a Trade Name? A trade name or a business name is the name a business uses for commercial purposes. (The legal name is the name registered with the state secretary of state office, such as ____ Inc., LLC or Partnership or the name used for contracts.)

What is Doing Business As? DBA (doing business as) is a name of a business or operation other than the owner or proprietor’s name, or legal name such as Inc., LLC or Partnership of the business. Most jurisdictions require businesses operating with fictitious names to file a DBA statement for consumer protection purposes with the county and/or state.

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