Changing Your Trademark

Posted by . updated on 11/11/2009
I have an existing trademark but I want to change it so that I have a logo.

Right now it is a stylized text of the words "Good Tease"
THe mark drawing code is (5)WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM

I want to change it to be just plane text and add a logo that is a G and T in a circle.

Do I have to refile another trademark?

Also if I move do I need to update the address?
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Answers (3)
 
Lyza
I am not an attorney but you will have to file a new application(s) for either a word mark in standard characters or for words with a device or character(s).  Once an application is filed, the mark cannot be changed unless the change is not substantive.  In my experience, the changes you are talking about would be considered substantive.  If I am incorrect, an attorney will respond.
 
 
DJoshEsq
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I am not an attorney but you will have to file a new application(s) for either a word mark in standard characters or for words with a device or character(s). ?Once an application is filed, the mark cannot be changed unless the change is not substantive. ?In my experience, the changes you are talking about would be considered substantive. ?If I am incorrect, an attorney will respond.

Correct.  You must file new applications.  Yes, update your address!
 
 
JSonnabend
If you are trying to "amend" from stylized text to a word mark, you might try calling the examiner and asking if he/she would accept the amendment.  Depending on the extent of the stylization of the originally filed mark, the change might be deemed non-substantive.  

By the same token, if the stylization is modest, the resulting registration may be as broad as a word mark registration in practical terms.

- Jeff
 

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