A trademark watch service (aka trademark monitoring service) is a proactive monitoring service that helps protect a company's trademark rights. It involves regularly monitoring trademark databases and other sources to identify any new trademark applications or registrations that may be similar or potentially infringing on your existing registered trademarks. The watch service … [Read more...]
Trademarks and service marks are words and designs that function to identify and distinguish the source of the goods and services of one party from those of others. Consumers use trademarks to identify products and services.
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A trademark application must include a list of goods and services to be associated with the trademark. The United States and Trademark Office publishes a list of acceptable verbiage for the description of goods and services. You can use that list but oftentimes, you want to develop a goods and services description that is a bit more robust. How to craft a basic list of goods … [Read more...]
A trademark application can be sought to protect the standard character mark or the design elements of the trademark. In general, you ought to seek trademark protection for the standard character mark first before you seek protection for the design elements of your trademark (i.e., design mark). What is a design mark? A design mark refers to the design elements of your … [Read more...]
After you pick your trademark to use in your business, you should conduct a trademark search. The trademark search tries to find other marks that are similar to the mark you plan on using. Why should you conduct a trademark search? Failure to conduct a trademark search could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. If you've already committed to your mark, you would have … [Read more...]
You've likely seen it before. A word or logo with a TM symbol or circle R. Well, that's a trademark, a type of intellectual property. And you're about to learn about how you can use them to achieve your business goals. So read on!A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods or services of one party from those of … [Read more...]
To protect your trademark, you have to file a trademark application with the USPTO. The trademark application can be expedited by filing a petition to make special. By filing the petition to make special, your trademark application is examined out of turn. Your trademark application will be examined about 2 to 4 months after it is filed. How to file a petition to make special … [Read more...]
This article discusses the pros and cons of registering your trademark on the supplemental register compared to the principal register. Trademarks that can be recognized immediately as a trademark may be registered on the principal register. However, trademark protection is not immediately available for marks that are considered to be descriptive because they aren't … [Read more...]
Types of intellectual property rights Four main types of intellectual property rights are used to protect products: patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. The product may be protected by one or more of these types of intellectual property rights. For example, a design patent may be sought for the ornamental look of the product. Simultaneously, a utility patent may … [Read more...]