We can file US trademarks for you anywhere in the US. Let us discuss your trademark needs with you in a free consultation. The fees for common trademark services are shown below. All legal fees are shown in U.S. dollars. We have filed and prosecuted hundreds of trademark applications for clients, including our own shown in the trademark certificate HERE. Other examples of issued marks for our clients are HERE.
Trademarks take many different forms. Many, including the well-known samples below, consist of stylized graphics or logos, but others consist of only words or a brand name.
A trademark (or trade mark in Canada) is a distinctive indicator used by an individual, services provider, government, or other organization or legal entity to identify their products, services, or presence to consumers in commerce, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities.
A trademark is designated by the following symbols:
* A word mark is type of trademark that protects a distinctiveness and novelty inherent in a word or phrase itself, such as GOOGLE™ or MICROSOFT™. A wordmark cannot be generic or non-distinctive, such as Mall or Sports unless it has acquired distinctiveness and secondary meaning (like the mark AMAZON®).
* A service mark is associated with a service and usually used in advertising rather than affixed to a product.
* Trade dress is any inherently distinctive appearance of a product or its packaging, so long as it is nonfunctional. It does not need to be registered and may include smells or certain types of sound.
* A composite mark is a hybrid mark that combines elements of a wordmark and a design mark.
* A design mark typically comprises a logo, symbol, design or image and is affixed to products.
Trademarks are a type of intellectual property (IP) and typically a name, word, phrase, logo, design, image, or a combination of these elements. There are also non-conventional trademarks comprising marks which do not fall into these standard categories, including smells and sounds.
The owner of a registered trademark may commence a trademark infringement lawsuit to prevent unauthorized use of that trademark. The owner of a common law trademark may also file suit, but an unregistered mark (or common law mark) may be protectable only within the geographical area within which it has been used or in geographical areas into which it may be reasonably expected to expand.
The term trademark is also used informally to refer to any distinguishing attribute by which an individual is readily identified, such as the well-known characteristics of celebrities. When a trademark is used in relation to services rather than products, it may sometimes be called a service mark, particularly in the United States of America.
As of January 2017, there are over 400,000 trademarks pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The number of patent and trademarks filings with the USPTO is steadily rising every year.
Registering a trademark may be the only way to seize a domain name someone else has registered that reflects your trademark.
The beehive state is one of the few states which offer state trademarks and which allow anyone, within the state or without, to acquire a registered trademark within 24 to 48 hours that can be used to file state trademark infringement claims against other parties within the state.