Protect a name, logo or phrase for a product or service with a U.S.
IGX provides trademarking services to complete the branding process for your company or organization. We want to assist youin protecting your trademark needs online! A registered U.S. trademark protects a mark for specific products in the entire United States. The "mark" can be a name, sign, logo, slogan or a combination of these elements. Similarly, service marks are used to identify services rather than products and are generally treated the same as trademarks. By legally protecting a mark, you can focus on other important things such as growing your business without having to worry whether it will be similarly used by someone else.
Here's what you'll get with a trademark:
Greater protection: trademark owner receives exclusive nationwide ownership
of the mark.
Deterrence: stop others from using a similar mark in the same trade channel.
Monetary award: trademark owner can recover monetary damages from an infringer.
First, and foremost you want to protect your cherished mark name or logo through trademark registration. Trademark will safely be registered with the United States Trademark Office. This process will deter others from using a similar mark in the same trade channel. As a result, you can have peace of mind in spending marketing resources in building a brand name without the fear that someone else can steal your brand name or design.
Trademarks help consumers distinguish their particular products in the marketplace. The "mark" may be a word, phrase, logo design, or a combination of these elements.
It is this distinguishable feature that enables a consumer to identify and differentiate one brand product from another in commerce. It's all about brand recognition and value in the trademark world. A vigilant marketer knows a good trademark, creates an instant, indelible, and positive feeling in a potential buyer of your clients' goods or services.
Compare, for example, Mc'Donald's® with their hamburgers. Does Mc'Donald's® brand make better hamburgers than Wendy® brand hamburger? It is highly unlikely. Why then can Mc'Donalds charge less for a hamburger, while Wendy's can charge a little more for a hamburger of comparable taste? It's all in the trademark and the consistent and proper use of it over time.
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Step-by-Step Process to Obtain a
1. Decide on a mark to identify a product or service. For example, some of the well-known trademark names today include Microsoft® for software, Nike® for athletic apparel, and Mc'Donald's® for hamburgers.
2. Complete an online Trademark Application Form to initiate the trademark process.
3. After receiving your finished online application, we'll conduct a search, review your application for accuracy, and prepare your application documents.
4. In about three business days, we'll send you via email the prepared electronic trademark application documents for your required signature and final approval.
5. Sign and submit the prepared documents along with the required government application fee (either $275 or $325) to the U.S. Trademark Office.
6. Once the U.S. Trademark Office receives your application, they will send you a receipt and assign the application a serial number.
7. About three months after filing date, an examining trademark attorney will review your application and decide whether to grant you the mark, or request additional information from the applicant. The examining attorney may request more information to clarify certain parts of the mark and/or description language. If the examining attorney has questions, objections or recommended changes then you will receive an Office Action letter. The applicant must respond to any objections within six months of the mailing date of the letter or the application will be abandoned.
8.If there are no objections, then the examining attorney will approve the mark. If your application is based on intent to use, you will need to submit a formal statement that you have begun to use the mark in commerce before an official certificate will be issued.
9. The mark will then be published in the Official Gazette to allow anyone to oppose your mark if he or she believes that they will be damaged by the mark registration. If no opposition if filed within the time specified by Section 13(a) of the Statue or by rules 2.101 or 1.102 of the Trademark Rules, the Commissioner of the Patents and Trademarks will issue a Certificate of Registration.
10. Upon receiving a Certificate of Registration, you can begin to use the cherished ® federal trademark symbol on your mark.