If you are an entrepreneur, then trademarking your product or company name is a very important step. There are many benefits to trademarking your product, including the fact that you can legally prevent others from using your brand without permission. This blog post will explain how to trademark a product in three simple steps!
Get An Attorney
A trademark is a legal term used to protect your product or service from being duplicated. It protects the brand value of your company and keeps you on top in the industry. If done correctly, it does not interrupt your business but helps with marketing that could even skyrocket sales.
The first thing to do when you want to trademark a product is to get an attorney. Many small businesses think that they can just go through the process on their own, but it’s best if you get legal advice from someone who has experience with trademarks and patents. This way, your application will be filled out correctly and there won’t be any problems down the line.
When trademarking your product, make sure the attorney has some sort of patent law knowledge as well as a general understanding of business laws in your state or country because these aspects are important too. Get references from people you know before making a decision about which lawyer would work best for your needs so that you don’t end up wasting time later on figuring this out.
File Your Trademark Application
After you’ve talked with your attorney, they will probably advise that some sort of search be done before the application is filed. This makes sure there isn’t any chance someone else has already trademarked something similar to what you are trying to get a patent on and so multiple trademarks aren’t submitted for things too closely related. You can either do an online search yourself or hire another company to do it for you if this doesn’t sound like something you want to take time out of working on other aspects of running your business.
Remember not only do tangible products need their unique name but also services should have names that stand out to successfully market them. If possible, try using acronyms because these spellings are often shorter and more memorable. If your product or service is used for entertainment purposes, you may want to choose a name that represents something funny.
If you think your product or service is going to be a hit, but the patent office declines it a couple of times, keep trying. It can take up to six months for an application to get rejected and then another two weeks after that before it goes back on file with the USPTO so if there was some sort of mistake made in filling out paperwork, this could have been why. Just because one person doesn’t like your idea does not mean others won’t either, giving up too early will likely result in someone else coming along and snatching up what you thought would make you rich without having done anything about it first.
Protect Your Trademark
Once you’ve successfully registered your trademark, the most important thing to do is protect it. This means doing things like suing anyone who tries using something similar or filing for extensions on how long that person has to stop using their product name if they are caught early enough in the process.
Using a service mark instead of just a regular old common law trademark can make this entire process easier because this type gives more protection against people trying to steal your idea and use it as their own. You also don’t have to worry about having filed all official paperwork with the patent office yet at this point either which makes registering an even better option than before according to many sources online.
There are many different ways to keep up with what is happening with trademarks, even online. This can be helpful if you need to find out whether or not someone has already claimed something similar and how long they have left before you could legally use it too because chances are there will probably be some sort of conflict at this point between both parties. Using an online resource makes this process much easier for business owners who don’t want to waste time trying to do everything themselves but would rather spend that extra time marketing their product instead without all the hassle.
Just by taking these steps, you will see some progress towards getting your product trademarked and protected from the rest of the world. It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to make an invention or new service, something that people actually want to buy but if you go through all these steps first then chances are good that you will be able to keep as much as possible for yourself without problems arising later on down the line.