How to get a trademark for your brand
In general, if your business name contains a trademark, you’re automatically eligible to register the trademark.
The federal trademark registration process takes about four months.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will process your application after that.
You’ll have to prove that your name has been registered in the U.K., France, the U, or Mexico.
You don’t have to apply for trademark protection for your entire name.
You also have to register a brand name if your name includes a word that’s part of the brand’s name.
For example, if you have the word “Bacon” in your name, you’ll have a brand-name trademark.
There are three kinds of trademarks you can register for: the first type of trademark is the first-use trademark.
It covers anything you’re allowed to use to describe a product or service, including but not limited to names, words, or phrases that refer to products or services.
Examples of the first use trademark include your name for your business, your company name, your logo, or your name of a public agency.
For information about how to use a trademark to describe your business or product, visit the Trademark Search Guide.
The second type of mark is the second-use mark.
This is used to describe products or service that are sold in your country.
Examples include names, phrases, or marks that are used in your business’s name, or in connection with your business.
For more information about the use of trademarks in your trade or profession, visit Trademark Use in Trade or Profession.
The third type of marks is the third-use marks.
These marks cover products or goods that are made or sold in another country.
For examples, the first and second types of marks could refer to food or beverages.
The fourth type of common mark is used by businesses or organizations that sell and/or offer goods or services in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
For a list of common marks in your jurisdiction, visit Trade Mark Names.
You can also register a trademark in your state or federal district by using your state’s trademark registration form.
If your name contains any of the following marks, you may be eligible to use them as your trademarks: a. your brand name, e.g., “bacon” b. your company’s name c. your logo d. your trademark number e. your name or trademarks for the business or organization, e-mail address, or phone number, or other identifying information, such as a company name or logo.
You must apply for your trademark in the state or the district where you live.
This includes using the name or trademark number in your trademark application.
If you register the mark in the name of another person or company, the person or organization must also register their mark under your trademark registration.
If a company is registered in a jurisdiction that doesn’t have an official trademark registration system, the company must use its registered mark in its application for registration.
For details about registration in the US, visit US Trademark Law.
You may also register your name as a brand for your company if you do business with a corporation that’s listed in the company’s current filing with the US Trademarks Office.
For instance, if a company owns a restaurant or other business, you can use your brand to describe the location, menu, and services provided at the restaurant or business.
If it’s owned by another corporation, it must register your trademark as well.
For further information about registering trademarks, visit trademark registration and trademark application information.
To get a mark, you need to first file an application with the Trademark Office.
Then, you will have to pay a fee of $20, plus a $20 processing fee.
You are responsible for paying this fee and all other related fees.
If the Tradenames Office approves your application, it will send a copy of the application to you.
After you submit your application for trademark registration, you must fill out the application again and send the registration fee and processing fee to the Tradename Office within 30 days of the last day of the filing period.
The Tradename will send you an email when the process is complete.
The process takes two to four weeks.
If, within the two-week period, the Trademeant approves your registration, it sends a copy to you and sends the fee.
If not, it can take up to 90 days for the Tradetitle to process your registration.
The filing fee is paid by the person who filed the application.
For all other trademark applications, you have to file in person.
The trademark office may require that you send your application to the company that owns the mark you’re applying for.
To find out more about filing a trademark application, visit The Trademark Application Process.