The United States of America is a global finance and culture center. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce that issues patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property identification. US trademark law is mainly governed by the Lanham Act. Common law trademark rights are acquired automatically when a business uses a name or logo in commerce, and are enforceable in state courts. Marks registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are given a higher degree of protection in federal courts than unregistered marks—both registered and unregistered trademarks are granted some degree of federal protection under the Lanham Act.
1stIP™ Group is experienced in trademark registers. Throughout the 6-D process of the trademark application, our clients get well protection of brand identity. Based on our global network, clients’ excellent brands could succeed smoothly and safely around the world.
- Country/Region of registration: United States of America
- Registration Time: 12-18 months
- Fee includes Official fee, agency fee, and document fee
- Trademark validity period: 10 years
Trademark registration classification
The United States Trademark Registration system follows Nice Classification of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). For more information on different goods and services that belong to different classes, please contact us.
Provision of Information
Through valuable communication with customers, we will brainstorm ideas as per text, pattern and color requirements, etc. provided by the customer to determine the main body of the trademark, relevant to the goods and services to be covered under a specific trademark.
Classification & Search
The next step is to conduct a preliminary trademark search to find out whether there are any identical or similar trademarks. It makes it easier for further processing of your application.
According to Intellectual Property Laws and application procedures, we will prepare relevant documents related to trademark registration and submit those promptly to ensure the acceptance of the application and to avoid any delays during the process.
After the application is received at the Trademarks office, the official preliminary examination of the information provided in the application is done. When it is made sure that there is no error, the trademark application is formally accepted and filed.
At this point, the application reaches the official examiner who examines whether the trademark complies with trademark legislation and also that there is no conflict between existing registered trademarks.
After the examination is approved by the examiner, the trademark will be disclosed to the public in the form of public notice for public inspection and objection for three months.
At the end of the publication period, if no objections are made until this point, the trademark can be officially registered. The trademark owner gets the authority to use a specific trademark for a 10-year validity period of the trademark registration.
After the trademark is registered, the Intellectual Property department issues a trademark certificate, which authorizes the trademark owner can add the ® logo to the trademark for public identification.
US Trademark Fees
Registration Fee1 Trademark & 1 Class
Additional Fee (if any)each of additional class
US Trademark Renewal
Once registered, a trademark is valid for 10 years. A renewal must be filed between nine and ten years after trademark registers, and every ten years thereafter. If you miss the deadline for filing the statement of continued use or 10-year trademark renewal, you can file up to six months late (Grace Period), and pay $100/class extra in government fee. The application processing time is about 1-3 months.
- Photocopy of the trademark owner’s identification document.
- A copy of the certificate of trademark registration.
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Benefits of Registered Trademark
Essential for branding: Trademark helps provide value to your products that enhance branding opportunities at the same time. Hence, trademark registration serves as an essential component when it comes to branding.
Protection and anti-infringement: Trademark protection by registration provides a wide range of protection which includes the capacity to acquire legal action in federal court in case anyone infringes on your trademark.
Brand unique country-wise: Trademark becomes a mark of identification for a specific brand, company, etc. through which it can be easily identified from the rest of the brands present in the market.
Increase business value: Trademark gives a solid ground for your brand building and accumulates its value as an intangible asset. The more your business reputation grows, the more valuable your brand will be. Trademarks provide value beyond your core business.
Increase revenues: The business put a ® on their trademark, it is a formal way the notify public that they registered and executed the trademark. A well-executed trademark is specific enough to help you stand out and distinctly identify your business.
Strengthen long-term business prospects: Regardless of the type of business, proper branding and protection of valuable ideas and proprietary information is imperative to survival and long-term growth.
Expand markets: Trademarks can appreciate in value over time. The more your business reputation grows, the more valuable your brand will be. Trademarks provide value beyond your core business.
New opportunities for collaboration with other businesses: Trademark registration helps increase the possibilities of brand collaboration because of the value associated with the trademark. It makes the brand more reliable and trustworthy in the long run.
Trademark Register for SMEs
Intellectual Property Rights / Trademark Rights are not only deserved by the large corporation. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Start-Up or Individuals could register their trademark and protect their brand as well.
For whatever the stage of business, when your brand is created and you know it should be thriving, need to protect and let it happen. That’s where we can help.
We’re a Canadian Trademark Register Consultant with customers across Canada and the world for over ten years, we have delivered affordable trademark / intellectual property services to established business owners and new small business owners who needed trademark registration assistance.
Drawing upon extensive intellectual property expertise and experience, we work with small businesses and entrepreneurs. Like you, they need to focus on the business, brand building and trademark protection to ensure their sales leads to be more successful, but not the complicated regulations and cumbersome application process.
We can help you identify and fill in your trademark gaps so you can grow your business the way you want. An easy way to learn more about how we can help you protect your brand is to click the button below.
Higher Approval Rate – 1st Intellectual Property has a higher approval rate for trademark registration as compared to many other companies owing to more than 10 years of expertise.
Smoother & Shorter Application – With skilful resources and productive staff, we ensure that the trademark registration application goes through a smoother and brief process resulting in enhanced approval rates.
Quicker filing of the application – For instantaneous filing of the application, we make sure we follow all the necessary steps taken beforehand that lead to a smoother registration process coming ahead.
Convenience Communication – With services in our hands, our clients do not have to worry about the procedural requirements once the application has been filed as we always make sure constant communication among authorities and clients.
Prevent Branding Problems – Trademark search is performed in a way that there is no other existing trademark as the one being filed by us. In case of another similar existing trademark, we can opt for rebranding or go for a contingency plan.
Experienced Profession – We have been in this profession for more than 10 years with our business expanding across North America and Asia.
One-Stop Global Trademark Management – Based on our global network, clients could manage different countries’ trademarks in one place and ensure the business develops around the world smoothly.
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