To register a trademark, you must first identify your mark for protection. Once you have done so, you will have to file an application for registration on the Principal Register. If you wish to protect your mark, you will also need to file an intent to use application. In this article, we will go over the steps involved in submitting these applications. We will also go over how to file the application for registration. Listed below are some important considerations for trademark registration.
Identifying your mark for trademark protection
You may have a new product that you would like to trademark, but you are not sure how to go about doing so. While you can file a trademark application and register it with the USPTO, you must first identify your mark for trademark protection. In some cases, this may be months or even years before your company plans to introduce the product. In such cases, U.S. trademark law provides a way to protect your trademark rights even without the use of your product. You must also show that you have a “bona fide intent” to use your mark.
A trademark can be any word, phrase, logo, or design that uniquely identifies your product or service. Trademark law has also expanded to cover the protection of trade dress and antidilution. While almost any word or symbol can qualify as a trademark, it is important to know that some may not be eligible to register as a trademark. In addition, if the mark you choose does not provide an advantage to your competitors, you may not be able to protect it.
Filing an intent to use application
You can protect your brand name before it is released by filing an intent to use application to register a mark. This is a good way to avoid trademark snatching. You can file an intent to use application through the USPTO. Here’s how to do it:
A statement of use is required to support your Intent to Use application. This statement should be accompanied by specimens, which prove that you intend to use the trademark. In addition, a trademark examiner will review the evidence provided with your application, and they will issue a decision. The examiner will issue a Notice of Allowance about 12 weeks after the trademark application is filed. Depending on your case, you might want to hire a trademark attorney.
Filing a trademark registration application
Upon publication of your trademark registration application, you may be granted an extension of the time period for ten years. This extension is effective as of the day following the expiration of the previous ten-year period. During the extension, information about it must be entered into the National Register of Trademarks and published in the OBPS. If you decide to withdraw the extension, you must notify the Agency of the decision.
If you are planning to sell a product or service, you will need to file a trademark application. The application fee varies depending on the country. In Canada, filing a trademark is simple and fast. To apply, fill out an online form. Most websites allow you to fill out this form and submit it online. After several months, your application will be assigned to an examiner. They will review your trademark application to determine if it meets technical requirements and search the trademark register for conflicting marks.
Filing an application for registration on the Principal Register
The filing of an application for registration on the Principal Register is necessary for the protection of your trademark. It is a requirement for federal registration, and trademarks that are registered on the Principal Register are more likely to have better protection than those registered on the Supplemental Register. The USPTO provides the Supplemental Register as an alternative to the Principal Register, but some applicants choose to file their application directly on the Supplemental Register. A practiced trademark attorney can advise on which route is the best.
If you already own a Supplemental Register registration, you can amend or move your mark to the Principal Register. However, you cannot change the name or address on an existing registration. To file your application on the Principal Register, you need to file a new one. You can also note the ownership of an existing Supplemental Register registration. Moreover, you can submit evidence of distinctiveness to support your principal Section 2(f) claim.
Filing an application for registration on the International Register
Once you have filed an application for registration on the International Register, the World Intellectual Property Organization will examine your submission and issue a certificate of registration to you. The certificate of registration will grant you protection for ten years. This certificate can be used by other countries, and will serve as a legal proof of your rights. In order to get a certificate of registration, you must meet certain requirements. You must provide all the relevant information, including a list of the goods or services you intend to protect.
First, you must pay the fee for international registration. This fee is approximately three hundred and eighty euros. You must pay this fee within one month of filing your application. Failure to pay the fee on time will result in your application being deemed withdrawn. You should save all documents, including the forms, in PDF/A format. Do not send them in other formats. You can also upload the forms to your online application for international registration.