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How to trademark tagline

Are taglines protected by copyright?

Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks. Contact the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, TrademarkAssistanceCenter@uspto.gov or see Circular 33, for further information.

How much does it cost to patent a tagline?

Trademarking a slogan comes with the same fees as other trademarks. The cost will range from $250 to $400 dependent on the TEAS form you use. The price is inversely related to strictness of the requirements you must meet. You'll see the lowest fees with the TEAS Plus application which is $250 per class.

How do I trademark a phrase for free?

You can not register a trademark for free. However, you can establish something known as a "common law trademark" for free, simply by opening for business. The benefit of relying on common law trademark rights is that it's free, and you don't need to do any specific work filling out forms, etc.

How do you protect a tagline?

  1. Go to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website.
  2. Check the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) database. Make sure the slogan isn't already registered in the same category.
  3. Submit your trademark application. Pay the filing fee.

Can I trademark a phrase?

You can trademark a phrase at the local level by applying at your state trademark office. To trademark a phrase locally, you must already be using the phrase publicly. You can apply for a nationwide trademark with the USPTO. With the USPTO you can apply with the "intent to use."

How long does a trademark last?

A federal trademark lasts 10 years from the date of registration, with 10-year renewal terms. Between the fifth and sixth year after the registration date, the registrant must file an affidavit to state that the mark is still in use.

Is Nike Just Do It trademarked?

Just Do It or JDI for short (stylized as JUST DO IT. and set in Futura Bold Condensed) is a trademark of shoe company Nike, and it is one of the core components of Nike's brand. The slogan was coined in 1988 at an advertising agency meeting.

How do you check if a tagline is trademarked?

You can search all applied-for and registered trademarks free of charge by using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)'s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). If your mark includes a design element, you will have to search it by using a design code.

Do you copyright or trademark a phrase?

A phrase should be trademarked, not copyrighted. Registering a trademark with the USPTO is simple and not very time-consuming but can take time to approve. If you hope to enforce your ownership over a specific trademark, you'll want to get it registered before it's too late.

How much is a trademark?

No matter how you file, you will pay a minimum of $250 to apply for a Federal trademark. But considering the importance of your trademark, and the potential complexities you face when filing, it's not a bad idea to use a lawyer or filing service.

How much does it cost to trademark a word?

The basic cost to trademark a business name ranges from $225 to $600 per trademark class. This is the cost to submit your trademark application to the USPTO. The easiest and least expensive way to register your trademark is online, through the USPTO's Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).

Do you need to trademark your tagline?

In principle, a slogan can be protected by registration as a trade mark as long as it's distinctive, it's not descriptive, nor generic and it's not already registered in your chosen classes. You can then prevent any other company using your slogan on certain goods and services.

Can you trademark a phrase on a t-shirt?

Yes, you can trademark a t-shirt. You can trademark a name, logo, or slogan that appears on your t-shirts. You may register a trademark for any materials that identify and promote your particular goods and services. This information was provided by our founding attorney, Xavier Morales, Esq.

Can two companies have the same slogan?

Just because a company has trademark rights, those rights do not absolutely prohibit anyone else from using the same name, logo, or tagline. A business owner can prevent others from using her trademark only if the other use is confusing.

What words can you not trademark?

  • Proper names or likenesses without consent from the person.
  • Generic terms, phrases, or the like.
  • Government symbols or insignia.
  • Vulgar or disparaging words or phrases.
  • The likeness of a U.S. President, former or current.
  • Immoral, deceptive, or scandalous words or symbols.
  • Sounds or short motifs.

How do you own rights to a phrase?

  1. Choose an Original and Distinct Phrase.
  2. Search the USPTO Database for Your Phrase.
  3. Select the Appropriate Filing-Basis for the Trademark Application.
  4. Select the Appropriate Class of Goods/Services and Description of the Goods/Services.
  5. Pay the Appropriate Gov.

How do I protect my quotes?

  1. Perform A Comprehensive Search.
  2. File a Trademark Application with the USPTO.
  3. Monitor Your Application.
  4. Finalize Your Registration.

What are the three types of trademarks?

What you'll learn: Arbitrary and Fanciful Trademarks. Suggestive Trademarks. Descriptive Trademarks.

Can you lose a trademark?

You can lose a trademark in a variety of ways. You can lose a mark through abandonment. A mark will be considered abandoned if you stop using it for three consecutive years and you have no intent to resume its use. You can also lose a mark through improper licensing or improper assignment.

Can you lose a trademark if you don't protect it?

If you don't enforce your trademark, you risk losing reputation, business, sales, customers, and more to the infringer. There's also a concept in trademark law called abandonment. Generally, if you don't use your mark for three years or more, it's considered abandoned.


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Comment by Dick Engellant

Thanks for this great article


Thanks for your comment Dick Engellant, have a nice day.
- Eugene Caloca, Staff Member


Comment by Ambrose

here we got another great question from Korra do you put a copyright or a registered mark after your business slogan or phrase my name is Andre Mincha from the founder of trademark factory and here's my answer to this question unless my assumption is incorrect you cannot put either one of those so let me go quickly through this so first of all copyright does not protect short phrases does not protect slogans does not protect taglines that's not what copyright is for copyright protects content rights um they protect original works of art music literature and so on and it does not protect short phrases because otherwise the whole the whole situation would be on workable and so copyright is out of the way which is why I always laugh at you know some some inexperienced business owners who would put a tagline and then the see in a circle or even not not even a tagline they would put it next to their what they think they're brand names or you know a one word and they put a copyright next to it that's not how it works copyright does not protect that and anyone who sees this and knows just this much about intellectual property knows that whoever put that copyright symbol after the brand name knows absolutely nothing about intellectual property and probably the business owner as well and they won't be able to do anything if you were to take it from them now about the are in a circle the registered mark symbol you can only place it if you have a registered trademark and the reason I said I'm assuming that you cannot put either copyright or registered mark is that if you did have a registered trademark you probably wouldn't be asking this question because you would know that's the reason you register your trademark so that you could put the R in a circle after your tagline to stop everyone else in the country from using the same tagline in association with the same or similar products and services so unless you have a registered trademark now I just applied for not just pending but actually register unless you have a trademark registration certificate to back up your ownership of that tagline you cannot put an artist circle after your tagline what you could do if you don't have a register trademark what you really want to show the world that you care about this tagline being perceived as your brand you could put a TM symbol next to it TM means an unregistered trademark but guess what else it also says well what it what other message it sends to the world it sends the message to the world that you care about this brand just not enough to protect it to protect it the only way that brands are designed to be protected which is through filing of a trademark now there is an exception to that if you file a trademark you've got an applied for mark it's going through the the process you can still use the TM and that will show to the world that yes it's an unregistered trademark still on registry but if somebody checks and they go to the government database to see if that tagline has been applied for as a trademark if they see it there they'll know yeah okay that's a legitimate business owner they're doing everything right there they reply for the mark they're gonna get it eventually and when they do they're gonna have a registered mark and then they'll be able to put an R in a circle so there's nothing inherently wrong with the TM symbol all it does is just Telegraph's a simple message to the world that this mark is probably on registered right and then whoever is interested in checking the real status of the mark can go through the trademark database and check and really there's there are three possibilities that they can see the first one actually four possibilities they there's four different things they could see when they search for your tagline in the in the trademark database first thing they can see is nothing right you didn't file for that mark it's not yours okay and that means that you put your TM yeah you care about it not enough to protect it the second possibility is they see that you've got this trademark registered that's the other end of the spectrum it's your trademark you just didn't bother to replace the ironist circle well I'm sorry the TM with an R in a circle that you have the legal right to put but you're not required to so if you have a registered trademark you can still have the TM but of course it's better to put an R historical to make sure everyone really knows it's a registered mark the third situation is when they see that you've applied for this mark it hasn't yet been registered it's a pending process it can take a year or two depending on the country where it happens so they would know again that you're serious about your brand that you're you've taken the right steps and that eventually your trademark will register you'll be able an owner of the wrench a trademark the fourth option is when they see that yes you file for this trademark and for whatever reason you didn't either fully pursue it to registration maybe you got an office action that you didn't respond to or it was registered but if renew it on time and so they'll see that the status of that mark is inactive or dead and that would again tell the world that you're not being serious about your brand that it's as good as not having a trademark at all so that's the fourth fourth option about what they can see actually you know what there's a fifth one there's a fifth one and you know that is he says when somebody else owns the trademark that's probably the worst it's that it's not just that nobody claims it it's not that you don't own it is that somebody else does and if they see that that's a sure sign that you're asking for trouble when you're using somebody elses branding you're putting your TM next to it that's that's that's good that's you can assume to be seeing some legal papers in the Navajo products from some law firm sometime soon because if one person can see that then the owner of that mark will probably be able to see that as well so that's really the answer that the longer answer to a short question right so don't put cop here I don't bother if you got a tag line that you don't care about you can put a TM symbol next to it if you got a tag line that you actually want to out make sure you do the one thing one thing only get that registered as a trademark father trademark application make sure you go through all the steps and eventually you're gonna get the trademark registration certificate and you're gonna be very proud of truly owning your piece of intellectual property your tagline that helps you convert more prospects into purchasing your product and services and hopefully that would be the start of a great legacy for your brand and your business that's that's all I got for you if you like this video like this video if you wanna post your comments post your comment and if you want to subscribe to hear more answers to questions just like this one subscribe it's very simple 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- Eugene Caloca


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