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hey everyone this is attorney dan nguyen today i want to talk about trademarks and the answer to the question are trademark trademarks public and the answer is yes so if you do want to look up your own trademark or someone else's trademark you can come here to the united states patent and trademark office website specifically the trademark electronic search system i will put this link in the uh in the description but there are a couple ways you can search for uh for trademark one is if you have the serial number or registration number and so uh a an application is issuing a serial number and if it turns into a registration you will get an application number and what you can do here is actually just go here to basic word search type in you know the serial number and then see our number registration number and then just hit search obviously this that's not one but if you have the right one that will show up uh in the in the list here okay now the other way you can search for one is um the owner name and address so if you know um the uh the individual that filed it or the entity that uh filed for it you can enter this here and it'll show up the applications for all the um all the uh all the uh all the applications underneath that name so i'll just i'll just look at a name here okay and this is uh aaa for um owner's name um for anything that uh shows up in the name names out there aaa okay so both name and address so aaa actually shows up in the address here okay or right here this is uh uh it's the same company okay so um if you know the address or the business name or the owner name you can put it right here under combine uh owner name and address okay and again also if you know the registered name or the mark right so maybe starbucks and boom right here 162 records is what uh is what shows up so um i'll show you what's what kind of appears uh here is uh what the goods and services are what the drawing code is serial number when it was filed the filing basis and what the current basis is when it was the published proposition what what the registration number is when it was registered the owner or the registered who the attorney of record is any disclaimers the type of mark which registers or is it alive or dead so so there's lots of information you can find out there on the trademark um electronic search system um you just gotta know what you're looking for and punch it in and out pup should uh show what you should be looking for okay this is dan now if you need help with your trademark pick up my book my tnbook.com and you um you'll learn more about trademarks than you ever wanted to know more about okay this is dan talk to you soon bye
Thanks for your comment Kortney Bevilaqua, have a nice day.
- Hortense Gualtieri, Staff Member
an important topic that i get asked about frequently is what information from my trademark filing will be public and i'll get to explaining why it's important but first i just want to say the easiest answer is to just presume that all of it will become public because there is a chance that pretty much if not all of it will be public and we'll get to the good side of that but obviously the bad side is that it's a risk there's addresses there's phone numbers there's emails there's names those things are part of the public record because you're filing with a public government agency that has a database and search engine that can easily access all of the trademark application information that's out there some of the specifics that are always going to be in the public record are the ownership of a trademark application whether it's a person or a corporation or entity or llc that will be in the record and somebody has to sign the declaration associated with the application that person's name and title will also be in the public record or in the documents that are part of the public record the address that's associated with the owner will be in the public record and there were some changes to the uspto rules in the last few years that actually require applicants to indicate a domicile address and not a p.o box or shared office mailboxes etc type of address however there is an option to mask the domicile residential or office address and have a separate public showing address that can be a po box but you have to know how to do that there's some nuance to it and then you want to make sure that the record of course accurately reflects what you intended to share and what you intended to mask phone numbers that go into applications are in the public record i never put an applicant or client's phone number into the public record if i can avoid it law firm phone number great no problem but because we know this information is in the public record and here's the real thing because we know that scammers are out there and they know that the trademark records are out there and contain this wealth of contact information putting phone numbers is not a great idea i mean there is some benefit to being able to have the examiner potentially pick up the phone and call call but the risks far outweigh that benefit and so i would never recommend putting an applicant's phone number into the public record the evidence of use that's filed in an application is also part of the public record so whatever evidence is filed whether it's a web page or a photo or a brochure or a flyer or an invoice or something applicants should know and be cognizant that that document is in the public records and it's fairly easy to search and find it and pull it so if it's appropriate and there might be times when you want to redact something in those evidence filings that are being submitted so those are the risks and the cautions and again it relates a lot to the scammers that are out there for the public information the flip side of that the benefit is that trademark applications and all of their contents are easily accessible and those are very useful sometimes when digging into the history of a registration or a business or a possible trademark dispute and being able to see the evidence and the documents and the addresses and the corporations and all of those things so there is a reason there is a benefit to them being in the public records but it's best to go into it knowing what will be there and why so you can use caution as needed one last tip just because of these cautions i would not recommend that you don't file for your trademark application if you have concerns about the information that might be public talk to an attorney work with them to address those concerns but do not let that stand in the way of taking advantage of the protections that come from registering a trademark
Thanks Chas your participation is very much appreciated
- Hortense Gualtieri
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