Colorado Trademark Registration—How Does It Work?
Are you researching Colorado trademark registration? It is an important yet complicated process, so use this guide to get definitive answers.
Registering a trademark in the state of Colorado entitles you to valuable protection, keeping your brand secure from unauthorized use by your competitors. The application process can be time-consuming and expensive, which is why it is so important to know what you are getting into. You can also register for a trademark on the federal level and outsource the paperwork to DoNotPay.
Colorado state laws define a trademark as a word, name, symbol, device, or any combination thereof adopted and used to identify the goods of a particular entity and to distinguish them from goods made or sold by others.
The following parts of your brand are eligible as trademarks:
They are organized in 45 classes that specify what type of good or service they protect. Trademark is not precisely the same as a service mark, which protects a brand asset associated with a service. Copyright is different from both in that it protects works of authorship instead of brands.
State and federal trademarks are valid for ten years. You need to renew them every five years to maintain your trademark.
While a trademark does not have to be registered, there are many benefits of doing so. A trademarked brand cannot be used by other entities without risk of legal recourse. If a competitor uses a part of your brand to promote their product, you can sue them for infringement.
Small businesses operating locally do not have to trademark their brands. If they scale to the state or national level, they are highly encouraged to do so. Without the legal protection that a trademark entails, the value you have developed in your business is vulnerable to unauthorized use.
You can only file Colorado trademark registration applications online. If you need help with the procedure, you can turn to DoNotPay.
The process depends on the nature of the trademark you intend to file:
- Trademarks owned by an existing business record
- Trademarks unassociated with an existing business record
If the mark you wish to file is connected to a Colorado state business record, follow these steps to register:
- Navigate to the Business Organizations page
- Select Search business database
- Input the record name or ID number
- Click on Search
- Choose the ID Number of the appropriate entity
- Navigate to the summary page
- Select File a Form
- Navigate to the Documents Available for Filing page
- Choose Statement of Trademark Registration of a Reporting Entity
Follow these steps to file a trademark unrelated to the current existing business record:
- Go to the Business Organizations page
- Choose File a business document
- Select File a form to create a new record
- Choose the Register a trademark option
Federal trademarks are also not mandatory, but they are valuable for companies operating nationally. State trademarks only protect your established brand within Colorado.
If you want to register your trademark at the federal level, you must do so with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and consult their database to ensure your brand does not infringe on another on file.
To register your brand with the USPTO, follow these steps:
- Visit TEAS (Trademark Electronic Application System)
- Log into or create an account
- Open an application for your specific trademark class
- Provide the required information about your brand
- Submit the application
Colorado-based and federal trademarks involve these direct expenses:
- Filing fees
- Legal expertise
The Colorado Secretary of State Office and the USPTO charge a filing fee for trademark registrations:
You will also need legal assistance to ensure you carry out the process correctly. Any errors with your application will likely result in a denial. That means a waste of time and money spent on the registration and filing fees.
Businesses often hire trademark lawyers to consult on the procedure. Unfortunately, doing so is cost-prohibitive. Colorado lawyers will charge up to $500/hour.
No room in your budget for an expensive lawyer? Do not let that stop you from getting the legal status your growing brand needs.
DoNotPay offers the Trademark Registration tool that streamlines the application procedure on the federal level, ensuring the following tasks are carried out efficiently:
- Gathering of the required information
- Execution and submission of the application
- Facilitation of review and signing
Here is how to use our Trademark Registration tool:
- Log in to your DoNotPay account
- Select the Trademark Registration tool
- Input the necessary information about your brand
We will connect you with the USPTO so that you can receive updates and track the progress of the registration process.
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