Sunday, May 16, 2010

Trademark Registration Process - Once Granted, Use it Or Lose It by Mark Y. Salmon

Before you begin the trademark registration process, becoming familiar with the United States Patent and Trademark website is advisable at uspto.gov. The reason is that nearly all, if not all, of the process and transactions that will take place will occur involving the use of the website. There are many different resources that you may need that are available and by becoming familiar, you could save on time and frustration by knowing their location.

The next step that is recommended is determining exactly what type of intellectual property protection that you will be applying for. At this site, there are three different types of protection, the trademark, copyright, and patents. In the trademark section of this website, there are some pages that you could benefit from in the application process. The Basic Facts About Trademarks, Frequently Asked Questions, and the Trademark Manual of Examine Process or TMEP, along with a Glossary of terms to help define exactly what is being asked of the applicant can be found.

Once you know what you specifically want to trademark, the data base must be searched to make sure it has not already been protected. This is with the TESS or the Trademark Electronic Search System that is a part of the USPTO website. If a manual search is preferred, the public search library is open from 8 am to 5:30 pm at Madison East 1st floor, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, Virginia 22313.

As part of your application, makes sure your trademark is represented clearly along with a complete description including the goods and or services it will be representing. Without this description, your trademark will not be granted.

To do the actual filing, the TEAS or Trademark Electronic Application System has to be used. This trademark registration process should take no longer than 5 to 6 months.

Find more informative ways, resources and FAQS about registering a trademark be more unique to anyone else. Visit http://www.registeringatrademark.org/.

3 comments:

Sophia B. Collins Joie de Vivre Owner and Creator Jacqueline Brone said...

Please write something on filing a madrid protocol without a lawyer. I have two registered trademarks and a host of others I have been using in the market place for a long time. I would like to file a madrid protocol, what should I know and be familiar with?

Thank you,
Sophia B. Collins Joie de Vivre Cosmetics

Rudy said...

Thanks a lot for providing this helpful information regarding trademark registration. My business partners and I are about to get our business trademark done, with the help of our dependable intellectual property attorney (Denver). Well, I'll surely check out the USPTO website from now on. Thanks again!

Fahad Hussain said...

Nice healthy information on trademark registration