Question: How To Register And Trademark A Business Name

Registering a trademark for a company name is pretty straightforward. Many businesses can file an application online in less than 90 minutes, without a lawyer’s help. The simplest way to register is on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Web site, www.uspto.gov.

How do I trademark my business name for free?

You can not register a trademark for free. However, you can establish something known as a “common law trademark” for free, simply by opening for business. The benefit of relying on common law trademark rights is that it’s free, and you don’t need to do any specific work filling out forms, etc.

Should I copyright or trademark my business name?

A trademark can protect your name and logo in case someone else wants to use them for their own purposes. Also, you cannot really copyright a name, since copyright protects artistic works. This is exactly why you need to have a trademark that protects your company’s intellectual property, such as your logo.

Can someone steal my business name?

If you have a unique brand name or logo, protect it. It is a simple thing for someone to snatch it out from under you and claim ownership of it. Your first step should be to register the name as a trademark. You can do this online through a number of services or hire an attorney.

Can I register a trademark without a company?

There’s no legal requirement for you to register a trademark. Using a business name can give you ‘common law’ rights, even without formally registering it.

How do I protect my business name?

Trademark. A trademark can protect the name of your business, goods, and services at a national level. Trademarks prevent others in the same (or similar) industry in the United States from using your trademarked names.

Can you register a business name similar to another?

Under the rules, the phrase ‘identical or nearly identical’ has a specific meaning. If a name is identical or nearly identical to another name, we must not register it. However, the law does not prevent the registration of business names that are similar.

Can I trademark my own name?

Trademark law protects names, logos and other “marks” that are used in commerce. To register your name as a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you must use it in business. But if—like most people—you only use your name for personal purposes, you can’t register it as a trademark.

Is it worth getting a trademark?

The default answer is always – no. Entrepreneurs should only incorporate, trademark or patent their inventions when absolutely necessary because doing so is expensive and time consuming. Generating revenue and keeping expenses to a minimum is what every scrappy entrepreneur must focus on in the early years.

Do you have to trademark a small business name?

Registering your business name for a trademark isn’t required in order for you to have trademark rights. However, a registered trademark can provide greater protection for your brand while helping you build your brand and drive business growth.

Is it better to copyright or trademark a logo?

While copyright protects your work authorship, a trademark protect all the details so no one else can use it. Trademark protects details like: mark, name, font, colors. If you want to protect your brand identity you have to register a trademark for your company name, logos, and slogans.

How long does a trademark last?

How long does a trademark last in the US? In the United States, a federal trademark can potentially last forever, but it has to be renewed every ten years. If the mark is still being used between the 5th and the 6th year after it was registered, then the registration can be renewed.

Do you need an LLC to get a trademark?

Do I need to form LLC to register for trademarks? No. Anyone with legal capacity can own a trademark. That can be an individual, company, partnership, or other legal structure.

When should I trademark my business name?

In many cases, a business will want to start the trademark application as soon as their LLC or corporation paperwork is filed. By filing for a trademark prior to launch, you can be sure that your name is protected once you begin commercial sales. However, there may be an even stronger reason to apply early.

Can I get a trademark for free?

You don’t have to register your trademark to have limited trademark protection. But there is another dirty little secret about trademarks: you can apply for a federally registered trademark yourself online, for free, at the USPTO–you only pay the government fees. The USPTO, however, warns against not using an attorney.

What is the cheapest way to trademark?

The cheapest way to trademark a name is by filing with your state. The cost varies depending on where you live and what type of business you own. If you are a corporation or LLC, you can expect to pay less than $150 in most cases, while sole proprietors and contractors can pay anywhere between $50 to $150.

How hard is it to get a trademark?

Registering a trademark for a company name is pretty straightforward. Many businesses can file an application online in less than 90 minutes, without a lawyer’s help. The simplest way to register is on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Web site, www.uspto.gov.

Does my logo need a trademark?

Since trademarks are used to identify a company or brand, it makes the most sense to file for trademark protection on the brand name, logo or image. So, if you are investing in a brand image, you should seek a trademark registration to protect it. But, your image may also qualify for copyright protection as well.

What happens if someone trademarks your business name?

If someone uses your name, simply showing proof that you’ve trademarked the name could be enough to convince a business to choose something else. Most importantly, if you must go to court, you’ll have legal proof that you registered the name.