If you have a business and want it to succeed, then you must have its trademark protected at all cost. Chances are, other businesses might steal your idea and would even go that far by also copying your trademark so that they can also duplicate your success. The problem with this is if they succeed with their scheme, then they might even win the competition and you will lose your business in the process. So if you don’t want this to happen to your business then filing for trademark protection is the best way to secure it. Here is the process on how you do it.
Watch videos from the Trademark Electronic Application System – If you want the best method to prepare for the federal trademark application is for you to use Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) which is located on the website of USPTO. This system will help guide the person who is requesting for their rights to the trademark.
Select an application – You will be availed to 3 versions of the trademark application process found in the TEAS. The difference between these 3 versions are their cost as well as the level of complexity so make sure that you know about each one to see which category your trademark fits best.
Find out the basis for the application – When you’re doing the trademark application, you will be asked to specify the “basis for your application.” So make sure that you state this one so that you won’t be questioned for your application.
Know the class of goods or services – You must know which class your goods or services belongs to. The class number is indicated after the letter “G” (Goods) or “S” (Services) so make sure that you know which one your business belongs to.
Provide a description of the goods or services – The description that you will be using is not the same with “class” of the goods. The description that you will be using should be something that is precise or accurate to whatever it is that you’re offering. If you provide a description that is too broad, the attorney of the agency who will be examining it may make you revise it until you can come up with something that is more specific thus causing some delays to your application process.
Identify the mark – You must know how to identify the trademark that you propose on using. There are different ways that your mark will be identified according to its type.
Provide some information about the applicant – This is the part where a detailed information of the person applying for the mark will be provided. Depending on who’s the one applying, he/she should fill up the form regarding their information.
Provide a declaration – You must provide a sworn statement or a “declaration” so that the facts you have provided for the trademark application are all true. This declaration should be signed for full disclosure.
Add any important disclaimers – A lot of trademarks may contain words that could not be trademarked alone. So it is important that you have a “disclaimer” statement on this one.
Provide a specimen – If your application is purely based on an existing mark, you must provide a sample of how you are going to use the mark. This process is known as “specimen.”
Complete the application – The transaction for your application will be completed by paying the fees, sign the electronic application, and clicking “submit.”
Await the results and publication – Once everything has been submitted accordingly, all you have to do is wait for it to be reviewed and processed. You will be notified once you are successful with the application and your trademark is good to go.