DoNotPay Shows You How To File a Trademark

Trademark Registration DoNotPay Shows You How To File a Trademark

How To File a Trademark the Easy Way With DoNotPay

If you don't know how to file a trademark, but you need to register one, you have come to the right place! We have prepared an extensive article to help you register your trademark—whether it is a business name or a slogan—effortlessly while meeting the requirements.

If you subscribe to DoNotPay, you will get the right tool for the job so you do not have to waste your time or money on expensive lawyers!

What Is a Trademark?

A trademark is usually a symbol, word, phrase, or a combination of two used to represent a company or a product. By registering one, you protect your brand from other people trying to use it as their own and harm your reputation by doing so. If someone tries to copy your trademark, you will be entitled to take them to court.

What Can Be Registered as a Trademark?

Unlike copyrights which protect creative works, trademarks are used to protect podcast names, logos, slogans, names, book series titles, pictures, characters, usernames, clothing brands, and similar.

How To File a Trademark

To file a trademark, you need to:

  1. Choose the right trademark type
  2. Conduct a trademark search
  3. File a trademark application form
  4. Pay the trademark application fee

Choose the Trademark Type

You can choose from various trademark types, such as:

  • Generic trademark—This type of trademark describes qualities, characteristics, or ingredients of the product that you are selling
  • Descriptive trademark—Descriptive trademarks usually consist of words or a few words that characterize your product
  • Suggestive trademark—Instead of describing the product, this type of trademark suggests or references it, which requires consumers imagination to connect with the product
  • Fanciful trademark—These trademarks do not hold any meaning in common language, and they differ from any other trademarks that exist. The most famous fanciful marks are Nike, Adidas, and Lacoste
  • Arbitrary trademark—Arbitrary trademarks are usually words that have a well-known meaning that has little to do with what the company sells (for example, Apple is a company that has an apple for its logo but sells technology)
  • Service mark—This trademark is used to distinguish services that a certain business offers rather than their products
  • Trade dress—A trade dress protects all elements that promote a specific service or product. It is the overall look of the product, not only a name or logo

Conduct a Trademark Search

To conduct a trademark search, you need to visit the official website of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Once there, search their database to find whether your desired trademark is in use.

You can also check whether your idea has already been registered by:

  • Searching for trademark registries online
  • Looking for websites that might have your trademark
  • Subscribing to DoNotPay and letting us do all the work for you

How To File a Trademark Application

Once you decide on the trademark type and make sure your trademark isn’t already in use, you will need to file an application with the USPTO that consists of the following sections:

Section Details
Basic information In the first part of the application, you will need to include your:

  • Name and address
  • Citizenship and type of legal entity
  • Legal representative’s name and address
Drawing of the trademark You need to include a drawing of your trademark if it has a particular color, style, or font in it. In case it is a word or a phrase, you can only type in the letters
Description of the mark If your trademark has design elements, such as color or sound, you need to provide a description in the application
List of goods and services you are offering You must list what you are offering and what your mark will represent
Distinctive trademark classes Categorize the goods and services that you list in the previous section into one or multiple international trademark classes (e.g., class 1 is for chemicals while class 5 is for pharmaceuticals, medical, and veterinary preparations)
Verified statement Either you or your representative needs to sign a declaration. This serves as a verification that the application has been submitted

Pay the Trademark Application Fee

After you complete the application, you need to pay the filing fee, which will depend on the filing option you pick. You can choose between these two:

  • Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) Plus—$250
  • Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) Standard—$350

How To File a Trademark Online—Use DoNotPay

The trademark application process can be tedious and time-consuming as it requires you to follow countless steps. On top of it all, if you make a mistake while filling out the form, your trademark request will be declined, and you will have to start all over again.

That is why DoNotPay has developed a tool to make sure your trademark registration goes smoothly! We will conduct a clearance search for you, fill out the application, and send it back to you for your e-signature. Once you sign it, we will forward it to the USPTO in your stead and help you protect your trademark in no time.

To register a trademark with us, all you have to do is:

  1. Subscribe to DoNotPay
  2. Select the Trademark Registration tool
  3. Answer our chatbot’s questions about your trademark

You will also receive a tracking number to check the application’s status and see when it gets approved.

Once your trademark becomes active, it will last for the next ten years, but you can renew it in the fifth or sixth year of registration.

Run Your Business Worry-Free!

Every beginning is challenging, which is why DoNotPay has everything you need to start running your business stress-free! We have created numerous easy-to-use products that will make boring administrative tasks easier to manage.

To help you get started, DoNotPay will assist you in taking care of trademark, Employer Identification Number (EIN), and DMCA agent registration, Privacy Shield self-certification, and business loan requests.

We can even help you maintain a good business reputation by:

  • Monitoring your trademark and filing a cease and desist letter in case someone tries to use it
  • Reporting fake negative reviews that could harm your business
  • Disputing illegitimate chargeback requests in a matter of minutes

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