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US Trademark Registration

Update Date:2018-11-22 17:02:21 Source:Tannet (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Views:680

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US trademark registration is very popular in the world. A trademark is a way for one party to distinguish themselves from another. In the business world, a trademark provides a product or organization with an identity which cannot be imitated by its competitors. A trademark can be a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, sound, shape, signature or any combination of these elements. The procedures for US trademark registration are described as below.

 

I. Importance of US Trademark Registration

A US trademark registration will give you with the exclusive right to use your trademark in the US on the categories of products and services for which it is registered for a period of 10 years with the right to renew thereafter.

 

Only trademark registration will give this exclusive legal right. Company name registration and domain name registration, whilst important, do not confer any legal exclusivity to use the trademark or prevent others from using your trademark.

 

With a trademark registration you will be able to prevent others from using your trademark quickly and cost-effectively. You will protect your business, its goodwill and reputation and enhance its value to potential buyers and investors. What is more, you are also able to protect your trademark throughout all of the Member States of the European Union as a Community Trade Mark with just one application.

 

II. US Trademark Search

Before filing your application, please find out whether or not that trademark is already being used for the type of product or service that you wish to use it for.

 

We can search the US Trademark with our own resources for you, also there is another way to search trademark with related authorities, which takes some time and costs some money. The search result will minimize the risk for the whole application and registration process.

 

III. Submit Application of US Trademark

An application must include the following documents before the US Trademark Office will accept it.

(1) Authorization letter of registration;

(2) Qualification certificate of applicant;

(3) A clear drawing of the trademark;

(4) A listing of the goods or services;

(5) The filing fee for at least one class of goods or services.

 

IV. Notice of Acceptance

When The US Trademark Office receives your application data of trademark registration, they will give you an application number and issue the Notice of Acceptance within 3 months.



V. US Trademark Examination

After the US Trademark Office determines that you have met the minimum filing requirements, the application is forwarded to an examining attorney. This may take a number of months. The examining attorney reviews the application to determine whether it complies with all applicable rules and statutes and includes all required fees.

 

A complete examination includes a search for conflicting marks, and an examination of the written application, the drawing, and any specimen.

 

VI. US Trademark Publication

If the examining attorney raises no objections to registration, or if the applicant overcomes all objections, the examining attorney will approve the mark for publication in the Official Gazette, which is three months publication of the US Trademark Office.

 

VII. US Trademark Registration

If no party files an opposition or requests to extend the time to oppose, the US Trademark Office will normally register the mark and issue a registration certificate. The date of filing the application will be the registration date.

 

VIII. Time-frame

Time: The approximate time for obtaining the certificate is about 8-12 months for smooth application. The term of validity is 10 years from the date of filing the application, in which period no extra fee is imposed.

 

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