Frequently asked trademark questions

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs about Trademarks

Questions about trademarks

What is a trademark?

How do I register a trademark?

What does trademark law protect?

How much does it cost to register a trademark?

What do I need to submit to register a trademark?

How long does a trademark registration last?

Can I use a trademark I created?

Does a trademark registration protect my trademark worldwide?

Do you have any guidelines on how to use my trademark?
  • Use your trademark correctly - as a trademark.
  • Be sure your trademark identifies a source of goods or services or, at least, a particular good or service.
  • Do not let others use your trademark generically or descriptively
  • Use your trademark proudly and consistently
  • Do not let others use your trademark without your controlling the quality of goods and services.
  • If you use another's trademark be sure to use it correctly, have permission, and give credit
  • Avoid adopting the following as "trademarks":
    • Terms showing Geographic Origin.
    • Terms that are primarily surnames
    • Scandalous or disparaging terms
    • Flags, national or state insignia
    • The name of a living person or deceased president during his or his wife's life unless you have permission
    • Famous or well-known trademarks or brands

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