Before you get started with your brand-new business venture or idea, you should probably think about how you’re going to protect it. To start, you might be wondering whether registering a trademark is even something that you need to do. Fortunately, the answer to that question is a clear yes. Once you register your trademark, anyone else who wants to use your brand name in any of their products or services will have to go through you first. This is very important especially for new business to ensure the protection of your brand. That way, no one else can use that name and capitalize on your brand without having to pay for it. In this article we will explain everything about the three main steps that every would-needed before registering a trademark of your business.
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Register Your Trademark Before You Start
The first thing you’ll need to do before you even start looking into trademarks is to register your own trademark. You can register a trademark at a government agency. To register a trademark, you have to submit an application with the help of a trade mark lawyer. Then, if your application is approved, the federal government will issue you a registration certificate. You can then use that registration certificate to officially register your trademark with a government agency.
Check The Trademark Status
Once you have your trademark registered, you’ll want to make sure that it’s in good standing. You can check on the current status of your trademark at the website. This will let you know whether your registration is currently “in good standing,” which means that no one else has tried to register that exact trademark. If someone else has tried to register that mark, you’ll have to file for an “opposition” against their registration. If you find that someone else has filed an opposition against your mark, you’ll have to file an “opposition brief”. It’s important to note that you’re not allowed to file an opposition on just any mark; you have to be able to prove that someone else has already registered a mark that’s confusingly similar to yours.
Confirm That the Trademark Status Is Final
Finally, even if your trademark registration is currently in good standing, you may not be sure that it will last for long. That’s why you should make sure that the trademark status is actually “final.” You can confirm that your trademark’s status as final by contacting the government agency directly. The best way to do that is to call the agency’s customer service line or your trade mark lawyer and ask them to confirm your trademark’s status. If they say that your registration is “final,” you can be sure that your mark is officially registered and protected. If you have any other questions about your mark’s status, you should call the customer service line with your question.
Don’t Register Until You’re Sure
Finally, before you actually register your trademark with the government agency, you should make sure that you’re absolutely sure that you want to pursue this idea as a business. That way, you’ll be able to focus on building your product or service, instead of worrying about filing trademarks with the government. Even if you’ve already registered your trademark, you may still need to consider whether you’re actually sure that you want to pursue this idea as a business. When you start thinking about your business as something more than an idea on paper, you start learning about the different things that you need to think about. You’ll need to consider things like financing, employee management, marketing, and more.