A trademark can be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect your exclusive right to use your mark for your goods or services in one or more classes. Your application to register the mark can be based either on actual current use in interstate commerce or on a good faith intent to use.
There are key legal advantages of USPTO trademarks or a federal trademark registration:
It evidences ownership of your mark and of your exclusive right to use it in connection with the goods and services listed in your registration.
It puts the public on constructive notice of your claim of ownership, that is, third parties are treated as if they knew about your registration, whether they did know about it.
It gives you the right to sue in federal court for trademark infringement.
It creates a basis for filing trademark applications in foreign countries.
It puts you in a better position with potential investors and shows you are serious about your IP rights.
You get the chance to consider trademark licensing or franchising opportunities.
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We understand that filing and registering a trademark in the United States can be daunting if you are not fully apprised on the process and requirements. Before taking the right steps, you might have a lot of questions because the idea of a trademark is to protect your business interest as well as maximize your revenue.
If you would like to know more about registering your trademark in the US, including searching for a trademark or responding to USPTO Office Actions, and would like us to help you, click here to write to us for a fee quote or schedule a short call with one of our trademark attorneys. For small businesses and startups, we offer special consultation rates. Get in touch with us today!