I wish to trademark a name, but I see it being used on websites and in other businesses, yet it is not technically trademarked. If I declare this trademark, will any others trying to use it need to go through me? What are the recourses in this case? Thank you. -JL
Thank you for your message. The USPTO’s registration process takes roughly 12 - 16 months, after which you'll be issued the registration and federal protection of your trademark by the USPTO (there is no fee to be paid beyond the initial $325 filing fee). During the registration process we'll keep you updated about the progress of your application and provide regular reminders if anything is required of you. When you file a trademark application, you describe the business done using that trademark and then classify that business according to 1 or more of 45 different trademark classifications. Once you receive the registration of your trademark, the intellectual property protection granted is for all products/services included in that class; meaning, no one within the US can offer the public a product/service within that class using your trademark. A link to a list of the 45 International Trademark Classifications is provided below, for your review.
Applicants cannot trademark a name, logo, or slogan without Proof-of-Use in Commerce, proof that they are currently doing business using the trademark. Trademarks protect money made by a business using a name, logo, or slogan that is unique to their public image, from other businesses who may attempt to use that name, logo, or slogan to sell a similar product/service (to profit off notoriety the original business has garnered using their trademark). If no money is being made while using the trademark, the applicant cannot attain federal registration.
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