Trademark Registration

A to Z of Trademark Registration

When you have a business, it is important for you to acquire a trademark to create a unique brand identity for your business. Through trademark registration, you can promote your brand image under the protection of the federal law force.

Complete Trademark Registration Procedure

The Trademark registration process involves stages of filing, examination, publication, opposition, registration, and renewal.  However, as trademark registration is a lengthy process involving multiple steps here is a quick guide for the complete trademark registration process:

Trademark Registration Eligibility

The chosen mark should be for a product or service doing trade in one state or multiple states. Also, one of the major objectives of trademark law is to avoid confusion among consumers. Hence, one must not use a trademark that is the same or too identical to another mark used for a similar product or service.

Also, the chosen trademark must not be too descriptive and generic (as a generic mark describes the product itself but not the manufacturer of the product).

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Trademarks that Cannot Qualify Registration

There are many trademarks that the USPTO has banned. The list includes:

  • The mark with U.S. flag
  • Trademark having government badges
  • Mark with an individual’s (living) name, sign or likeness  without their permission
  • Trademark falsely associated with an individual, national symbols, beliefs, or institutions
  • If the mark is too identical to registered trademarks existing in the USPTO database
  • Trademark including deceiving, corrupt, or outrageous matters as courts may raise an objection

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Trademark Registration Procedure

You can use mail or the internet for trademark registration. Visit the USPTO website and use TEAS (Trademark Electronic Application System) or TEAS PLUS to file your application via the internet. Moreover, the TEAS registration process costs $325 and is a smooth process with fewer requirements. However, TEAS PLUS needs multiple details from the applicant and costs $275. Email applications cost $375. Also, for most updated information please visit Apply Online (TEAS).

Further, if an applicant is registering a trademark using the TEAS platform, given below are the requirements.

  • Applicant’s Name
  • Correspondence Name & Address
  • An accurate Trademark drawing (maybe handmade) for which application is being filed
  • List of all goods and services on which mark will be used
  • Minimum of one goods’ or services’ class registration fee

So, it is true that an elaborated application makes the registration process by catering complete details about the chosen mark. Additionally, elements including mark description, use of the mark can be also incorporated into the application. If your application meets the minimum eligibility criteria, it will be processed for further work without being returned as “informal”.

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What after Trademark Registration?

After filling your application, you need to wait for the response from the USPTO.  So, after submission of the application, the trademark office attorney reviews it.  Further, communication occurs regarding the application. Also, you can check the status of your trademark application after receiving a filing receipt having the serial number of your application from the USPTO.

Further, after going through the examination of the USPTO, your trademark will be published as a candidate for registration. Thus, it allows existing trademark owners to object to your registration if their mark is a tool similar to your chosen trademark. In case, no objection is raised you will get a response from the USPTO regarding the same. However, if you face any objection the USPTO schedules a hearing.

Between the 5th and 6TH-year post registration, you need to file an “Affidavit of Use” after receiving notice of federal registration of your trademark.  Additionally, you need to file another “Affidavit of Use” every 10 years before the expiry of the renewal period. Now that you are done with securing your mark, you will also need to know the maintenance method. Learn how to keep your registration going through this link.

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Federal Trademark Registration Benefits

A large number of businesses do not avail of federal trademark registration advantages. However, if you are using your trademark for commerce and are not willing to infringe others’ trademark, common law trademark protection will be the most suitable.  But, Federal trademark registration has numerous advantages which are listed below:

  • Countrywide Trademark Protection
  • ® Symbol can be used to make your customers aware of the quality of your product or service
  • Extending help to the customs of the U.S. for restricting potential infringed products to enter in the U.S.
  • You can avail all the benefits of being the owner of the mark. Moreover, you can ask to pay damage cost and attorney’s fee if anyone found infringing your mark without your consent.
  • In five years if your right to mark did not face any objection, you can file unquestionable status. It means that no one can question on the right of use of the trademark.

When your business expands and you need to object to another party’s similar trademark, constructive notice plays a major role. In case if the use date of your trademark is prior to another party’s use date in a different geographical region, then your registration (federal) wins over their common law rights. Hence, another party’s use of the trademark must be terminated. However, if your use date is posted to the other party’s use date you can use federal registration whereas the other party will be restricted to their territory only.

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