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If you are reading this, chances are that you have a name idea for your business or product and want to know how to get it trademarked. You may have even had your attorney send a letter of intent to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) but received an office action response. This is where I can help! As someone who has successfully registered over 500 names with the USPTO, I’ve compiled 7 steps that will help guide you through the process of becoming a unicorn in the name industry.
Step One: Be careful about using trademarks as verbs. For example, “I trademarked my name.” This can create confusion and dilute the uniqueness of your mark.
Step Two: Don’t think that just because it’s a common word in the English dictionary you are safe from someone else trying to trademark it first! You may be surprised who has already applied for registration of your keyword term(s).
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If there is a key point or lesson learned from these steps, what would that be? Provide one sentence summary at this time so people know what they should take away when reading this blog post.
The takeaway message here is to not only file an application for your trademark when you come up with it, but to also make sure that there isn’t another organization out there who has already applied for registration of the same keyword.
Ok – so we’re going to need bullet points here. Again, DON’T WRITE NUMBERS!
-Be careful about using trademarks as verbs like “I trademarked my name.” This can create confusion and dilute the uniqueness of your mark -Don’t think that just because a word is in the English dictionary means someone else doesn’t have rights on it first! You may be surprised at how many people are trying to claim your keywords; don’t let this happen by filing an application right away (before they do)
-Watch out for the USPTO database of trademarks and be sure to search your keywords in their system before you apply. If someone else has already filed an application, it’s always best to do a little research first so that you don’t waste time filing an application -Keep in mind that while trademark registration is not required, doing so will allow you to receive additional protection (namely from having others steal or unfairly use your mark) as well as enforce any rights that may be infringed upon by another party; this can come with added benefits such as consumer recognition and increased credibility.
And there we have it! Bullet points are done here! No more numbers needed 🙂 Now onto the next section: Keywords
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