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trademark theft cost small businesses over 300 billion dollars a year I know so let me show you how to register your trademark step number one create unique words or a symbol as your trademark what can be trademarked any name symbol slogan design that is uniquely identified with your product or service people often use the word trademark to refer to both trademarks and service marks technically a trademark is for your goods whereas a service mark is for your commercial services why should you trademark two reasons it keeps customers who had good experiences with your product or service coming back for more it also helps them find your product by finding that logo or that name or that symbol that is trademarked and identifies your unique product or services in reality coke may be indistinguishable to your taste buds from other carbonated drinks however you always order a coke because you remember how good it tasted after you scored your first touchdown you also trademark to prevent others from taking your particular mark and then trying to use that mark to sell their own goods and services it's very likely that if Pepperidge Farms did not trademark its name someone would steal it and attempt to trick customers into buying their own crackers instead of Pepperidge Farms while some of us will create a unique design as our trademark that no one has ever thought of some of us want a trademark a word phrase that maybe someone has thought of and previously registered so it is really smart to research whether or not your word phrase if you have a word phrase has been used before and previously registered there are three different types of research to perform to determine whether or not the word phrase you on a trademark has been used before or as previously registered but before we get there here's when you may want to get an attorney involved in the trademark process attorneys have access to very sophisticated professional databases that provide very timely and accurate information about pending trademark applications so if you have the resources you make and are delegating the research process to them however if you're a do-it-yourselfer like me here's how to research whether or not pending trademark applications are in the computer system first it's really easy perform a Google search and determine whether or not the words you want a trademark appear in business anywhere else second go to who is ICANN org and do a search and find out whether or not the words you want a trademark appear in domain names in the world the last part of the research happens at the website for the US Patent and Trademark Office you use a system that they have it's free to use called tests trademark electronic search system you use the system determine out whether or not there are pending trademark applications in America for the words you want a trademark test is really easy to use simply go to the website for the USPTO gov hover over the trademarks tab click on searching trademarks scroll down to search trademark database you click there move down to basic word mark search and then you click there then you go into the search term field and you type in the words that you want to be trademarked I previously entered what a feeling because I was pretending like I was selling a online product like an online vitamin and I can see here that there's at least one application for this mark that is live in other words it's pending when it says dead then the mark has been abandoned and is available you use the basic word mark search when you're trying to trademark words however when you want a trademark a design you have to use the design mark search and I made a video about how to use that design word mark search and you can find the link to that video in the description section below if you do not see in this screen that the words that you want to use as your trademark has a live application pending then you're looking good for a trademark and you can move on to the next step but before we get there let's take a quick break we've been talking about a lot of complex subjects do you want to trademark a product or a service if you want to trademark a product then write trademark in the comments if you want to trademark a service then write service mark in the comments below okay let's get back to the steps step number three use your trademark to lock in your trademark you actually have to use the words in the symbol in your online business in America once a business starts to use a distinctive name or symbol immediately and automatically has the right to prevent others from using that distinctive name or symbol basically the rule is use it or lose it how do you use a trademark well first your trademark has to be used in your actual business second you have to display the mark so that it's physically associated with the particular product or service that you are going to sell so that could be like a label or a tag perhaps the trademark appears on your website step number four register your trademark once you have used your trademark your next step is to protect it under federal law by officially registering it where do you register it by going back to the USPTO gov website under the trademarks tab go to apply online click on initial application forms there's three different types of application forms I use the TE a s RF at this time of the video it costs $50 more than the cheapest application but I don't want to go through the goods and services listing and I really don't mind communicating with the USPTO through email and online correspondence when you get to the applications scroll down and check no an attorney is not filing this application then you click continue at the bottom here you fill up the applicant contact information remember applicant means the owner of the mark not the person filling out the form so if you want your business to own the mark you should enter in the business name as the applicant after you're done filling out the contact information click continue and you arrive at the mark information screen you click on standard characters and then you enter in the trademark phrase and maybe you get a preview it like I did here then you click continue next is the good service information screen click on add goods and services then type in the basic category for your product click on go then you get this listing of all these different types of related products in this example I'm seeking at trademark for cornbread and so I clicked the cornbread box and hit inserted checked entries then you just click on the bottom continue you don't need to identify the filing basis then it's continue again this takes you to the final screens of the trademark application you enter in your payment information and then you submit the trademark application form and there you have it you did it your trademark application is submitted step number five wait for official registration the next step in the process is actually waiting waiting for the notice of publication if you get that then you know your trademark application was properly prepared when you get the notice of publicatio
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- Asa Chaulklin, Staff Member
when you trademark a word you give a person or company exclusive rights to connect one brand with that word you can trademark a word that identifies your company or your products register your trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office or USPTO to protect your trademark throughout the United States a trademark registered with the USPTO is a registered trademark and gets marked with the registered trademark symbol you don't have to register a word with the USPTO to get trademark status a word is a trademark if that word identifies a brand regardless of whether the word itself is registered however unregistered trademarks with the USPTO are only trademarked within the company's geographical area when you trademark a word your competitors can't use that word to identify their products when you trademark a word you don't protect it from everyday speech use or use in informational material a trademark also doesn't stop industries that don't compete with your business from using the word trademark a word if it identifies your brand you want to protect your brand and set your products apart from competitors products you need to have a strong word for your trademark made-up words and words that aren't directly related to your product are the strongest words to trademark you need to have a strong word for your trademark when you trademark a word you gain rights over the word but you can lose the rights if you don't protect your trademark personally enforce proper usage you should enforce proper capitalization and use of the registered trademark symbol wherever your trademarked word appears if you don't enforce proper use of your trademark the word could become a generic name for the product second protect against infringement infringement happens when a competitor illegally uses your trademarked word file an infringement lawsuit to stop illegal use of your trademark a lawsuit can result in an order for the competitor to stop using the trademark to receive monetary damages or both stopping infringement protects your brand and prevents customer confusion you should talk with a trademark lawyer before you file an infringement lawsuit to trademark a word first consult a trademark attorney then check for eligibility register domain names establish ownership file an intent to use file a trademark application and lastly pay the filing fee
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- Asa Chaulklin
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I've studied scientific computing (computational science) at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and I am an expert in brownian dynamics. I usually feel naughty. My previous job was property assessor I held this position for 21 years, I love talking about camping and herping. Huge fan of Hugo Weaving I practice rowing and collect petroliana.
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