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Registering a trademark can be tricky (Just ask OpenAI!). That’s why I wrote this: to minimize confusion and answer common questions. Below is a general overview of the trademark registration process. We strongly encourage hiring a trademark attorney to further assist you with the trademark registration process.
There are 4 stages of registering a trademark. The registration process can take an average of 12 - 18 months from start to finish (businesses, be patient!).
The first step in obtaining a federal trademark registration is to fill out and file an application. Applications are submitted online using the USPTO website. You must pay a filing fee when you submit your application.
After you file your application, you may put competitors on notice of your federal trademark rights.
“The trademarks, logos, and service marks (collectively the “Trademarks”) displayed herein are registered and unregistered trademarks of this business, its affiliates, and others. Nothing contained herein should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademark displayed herein without the written permission of this business or such third party that may own the trademark displayed herein. Your misuse of the trademarks displayed herein, or any other content on this website, except as provided herein, is strictly prohibited.”
Once your application is submitted, an attorney from the USPTO will be assigned to review it. If there are any issues with the application, the USPTO attorney, called the “Examining Attorney,” will issue a non-final Office Action explaining the issue(s).
After your application has been approved, your trademark will be published in the Trademark Official Gazette for opposition. Your trademark will be published on a weekly basis for 30 days.
Once your trademark is federally registered, you’ll receive a certificate of registration. The certificate contains your trademark registration number. You should receive the certificate within approximately three months of the completion of the application process.
Trademark registration is essential. It provides comprehensive legal protection in every state and ensures that nobody misuses your trademark for their own benefit, ultimately damaging your reputation and costing you valuable clientele.
Complete your trademark filing online today with one of our qualified trademark attorneys. It’s as easy as just a few simple clicks. Our trademark law specialists also offer other useful services, such as trademark monitoring and renewals.
First, you need to submit an application with the USPTO. Proceeding this, you may have to deal with Office Actions (if any). After this, your trademark will be published in the Trademark Official Gazette in case of any opposition. Finally, once your mark is registered, you’ll get a certificate of registration.
The trademark registration process usually takes 12-18 months. This is because every trademark application must be reviewed by the Trademark Office
Did you know that less than 50% of trademark applications are approved without office actions? It’s tough out there! That’s why it’s so important to see the counsel of a licensed trademark attorney to register a trademark.
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Joshua J. Brouard brings a rich and varied background to his writing endeavors. With a bachelor of commerce degree and a major in law, he possesses an affinity for tackling business-related challenges. His first writing position at a startup proved instrumental in cultivating his robust business acumen, given his integral role in steering the company's expansion. Complementing this is his extensive track record of producing content across diverse domains for various digital marketing agencies.
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