Trademark registration is the process of officially setting aside a trademark as belonging to its owner. This gives the owner legal protection against others using the mark in connection with the goods or services of their own.
Many people assume that registering their trademark is the same thing as getting a trademark. In reality, there are two very different processes, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages.
It is always best to know the difference before you need to file an application. If you’re already registered with a trademark office, that’s great! It only means you know where to go in case you need to file another application for the same trademark.
International Trademark Registration
There are two types of trademark registrations: international and national. You can become a member of INTA and file an application for an international trademark registration.
International registration is a kind of advance protection available only to trademark owners who are members of the INTA system.
An international trademark gives you the right to use the trademark in more than one country and it also gives you a level of priority. This means that, as long as you file an application within three years of first using the mark in commerce, your mark will be given the highest level of protection.
If you are unsure if an application is appropriate, you can file an international registration and see if someone else files a complaint. If someone files a complaint, you will have the chance to respond.
Trademark Registration In The Us
If you do not have an international trademark, then you can file an application for a US trademark. You must file the application within one year of first using the mark in commerce.
Once you have the mark registered domestically, you can file an international application. This means that the mark will receive international registration if it is not already.
As with any trademark application, you must prove that you are using the mark in commerce. You also have to provide evidence of your mark’s distinctiveness and you must show that you are using the mark in a way that is not generic. If your application is accepted, the mark will receive the highest level of protection.
The Process Of Trademark Registration
Trademark registration begins with the filing of an application for the mark. The application must contain certain information about the applicant, the mark, and the goods or services to which the mark is being applied.
Once the application is filed, the trademark owner must wait for their application to be examined. The examining attorney will look at the mark and its use in commerce. If the examining attorney does not object to the application within thirty days, the application will be published. This means that anyone is allowed to oppose the registration.
The publication can be opposed with a written response that sets forth the reasons why the opposition should be denied.
Trademark registration is a very important step in the protection of your mark. If you require assistance with the trademark registration process, please visit this page.