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Trademark-applicationsThe US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allows you to file a trademark application online. Most states also have a trademark filing process, so check with the business office for your state to see which office handles the process if you want to start there.

Make sure to search existing trademarks thoroughly before filing, so you don’t waste the filing fee if someone already registered the mark in the product or service category you want. The USPTO has a search function on it’s website for all US registered trademarks.

Consulting a trademark attorney is often the best way to go simply because trademark law can be confusing and they have the resources to do a global search for you and advise you about which product classifications are correct for your use or intended use.


Patents-and-TrademarksPatents show legal ownership of an invention & convey certain exclusive use rights to the owner of the patent.

Trademarks show the ownership of a name, such as a brand or a product name. Registering a trademark shows ownership of the mark and any design made part of the trademark.

Registering either a patent or a trademark makes public the ownership of the invention or name and gives the owner legal rights to prevent other people from using the patented invention or trademarked name.

In the United States, patents and trademarks are usually registered through the US Patent & Trademark Office.

To protect trademarks internationally, you can register the trademark in other countries as well.

Trademark and patent attorneys specialize in this area and can advise you about the process and costs involved.

It is also possible to handle the registration yourself, but the process is complicated. More information is available on the USPTO site.


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