How to Register for a Trademark

Posted by tmexpress on November 11th, 2019

Because your name and logo are part of your brand identity and your business, applying for registration of the copyright and trademark of both is an important consideration. It is a valuable asset and an effective communication tool that can instantly show off the image of your company and the products or services you offer to customers.

 

Here’s how you can register a trademark

 

Registering a trademark for a company name is pretty straightforward. The trademark application process is a legal proceeding governed by U.S. law. It is crucial that you create a trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protectable. A strong trademark identifies the source of your goods and services, as well as distinguishes them from the goods and services of others. 

 

Before starting the application process, it is important to have the mark you want to register, the products and/or services in connection with the mark, and whether you will be applying based on actual existing use of the mark or with the intention to use the mark in the future. This will make your search of the USTPO database more useful and may simplify the application process. 

 

You should search the USPTO database through a federal registration before filing your application. This will ensure that no one else has claimed the trademark rights on your particular mark. It is recommended that you hire someone who specializes in trademark law to guide you through the application process. 

 

You should monitor the progress of your application through the (TSDR) - Trademark Status and Document Retrieval system. It is important that you check the status of your application about every 3-4 months after you have filed your application. They will inform you of the results in due time.

 

You are the one responsible for enforcing your rights on your trademark and for bringing any legal action to stop a party from using your mark. There is no monitoring from the USPTO. 

 

After your trademark registration is approved, you’ll need to file specific maintenance documents. Failing to do so will result in your trademark’s cancellation or expiration.

 

The registration of your trademark lasts 10 years, but you must verify it between the fifth and sixth year and between the ninth and tenth year of registration, to confirm it is still being used.

 

To ensure the process is done properly, we recommend that you hire a company for trademark register help. Make sure to read the reviews of the company you are considering and then hire the best company based on your needs. 


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