Your company name can be essential to the success of your business. Similarly, a unique logo or clever slogan can set you apart from your competition. Consider taking these steps to protect your brand:
- Brainstorm ideas for a unique company name, logo and/or slogan (collectively herein “mark”) to use in connection with the goods and services. Avoid names that are merely descriptive of the goods and services offered.
- Determine whether the mark is available to use in connection with your goods and services. This step is important because if you start using a mark that is already registered by another party, they could demand that you stop using it and sue you for damages.
- If the mark appears to be available, file an application for registration with the USPTO or appropriate state. The USPTO provides an option to file a registration application for marks already in use as well as marks you intend to use (proof of use will need to be timely filed).
- If your mark is successfully registered, calendar all of the maintenance dates and make it a priority to meet the deadlines. Additionally, police the use of your mark to watch for and address potential infringement by other parties.
If you need help with any of these steps or want to learn more about protecting your mark, please call to schedule an appointment with one of the attorneys at Waldron & Schneider.
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