A Guide to Trademark Registration
Trademark means any emblem, term or word used to describe where a certain product is coming from and differentiate them from similar products. Owning a trademark has its advantages. When trademark is registered it allows a product to retain its originality and no counterfeit is made. The process of trademark registration is not an easy one. It requires persistence and complete. You can apply for a trademark and in the process with or without having any attorney. It goes like this when registering.
Investigating for a brand mark or name. Immediately you have invented your own brand name, make sure no other product has the name similar to your product. Patent and Trademark office website would be of great help when you decide to search if the brand name is copied or similar to another product’s. If it is being used already, you can talk to a trademark attorney who will find out whether your name is different enough to the one being used. On the other hand, if you find that the name is not in use, you can proceed with the registration. The Patent and Trademark Office has strict conditions for all trademark names.
There is a fee required to be paid when doing official procedure. There are factors that make the fee paid different. The first factor is the number of marks. The other factor is the amount of classes where the mark fall and the third feature is the style of the form used. Whether the registration is rejected the money paid is not refunded.
Once the registration is accepted, it is published in the weekly Official Gazette to give another party who might think that your mark might destroy theirs 30 days to file an opposition. In case nobody protest your mark, it immediately becomes a trademark TM.
After finishing all the above process during trademark registration, you will get a notice of allowance within 12 weeks from when your name was registered in the official gazette. Six months are given to make use of the name in business. Meaning the product with the brand will have been sold. You can pay an extra fee if you want enough time to sell the product, for extension of the six month period.
Filing the Statement of Use. It is like an evidence that the product is doing well in the market having the brand mark. Having finished the trademark registration as it transfers the name from not only being a mark with TM but to a completely registered trademark. Persistence is a key factor to have when going through trademark registration as it is not such a big deal. From this point you have all the information that you might require about trademark registration that you did not know.