Registered Trademark Process
Registered Trademark means the United States Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) has approved your application.
Even though it has gone through the application hurdles, there is more to the process. Maintain the paperwork to have final complete successful federal registration. This allows you to use the R in a small circle or the S in a small circle. Also, it gives a certificate and nationwide protection, with all the rights that come with it.
Generally, a registered trademark or service mark will last for ten-year terms. Then, once you have registered, you can expect ten years of protection. However, there is a caveat – between years five and six you have to do some housekeeping. Send files and documents to the USPTO to maintain the registration. Thereafter, you get ten-year increments of successive registration.
Steps to Receive a Registered Trademark
- Conduct a thorough search to see if the trademark is registerable,
- File an excellent application, and
- Submit to the USPTO.
Do your due diligence up front. Hire excellent counsel to help in that process. Doing these things provides very few impediments to receiving federal trademark registration.