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US Trademark Registration

Updated:2017-10-26 15:19:30    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:210

US trademark registration is very popualr in the world. A trademark is a way for one party to distinguish themselves from another. In the business world, a trademark provides a product or organisation with an identity which cannot be imitated by its competitors. A trademark can be a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, sound, shape, signature or any combination of these elements.

I. Importance of Registering A Trademark in the United States
A US trademark registration will give you with the exclusive right to use your name in the US on the categories of products and services for which it is registered for a period of 10 years with the right to renew thereafter.

Only trademark registration will give this exclusive legal right. Company name registration and domain name registration, whilst important, do not confer any legal exclusivity to use the name or prevent others from using your name.

With a trademark registration you will be able to prevent others from using your name quickly and cost-effectively. You will protect your business, its goodwill and reputation and enhance its value to potential buyers and investors. What is more, you are also able to protect your name throughout all of the Member States of the European Union as a Community Trade Mark with just one application.

II. US Trademark Design
Advantages of US Trademark design by TANNET;
(1) Novelty- novelty of trademark design satisfies the distinctive feature of a trademark and enhances its reputation and market.
(2) Trademark naming avoids a straight relation with the functions of goods; the name of trademark should not be “merely descriptive”
(3) Trademark design is theme-oriented and reasonably arranged.
US Trademark Service from ATA is equipped with a team of excellent designers from home and abroad, who are ready to provide you with professional services.

III. US Trademark Search
Before filing your application, please find out whether or not that name is already being used for the type of product or service that you wish to use it for.

We can search the US Trademark with our own resources for you, which is for free; also, there is another way to search trademark with related authorities, which takes some time and costs some money. The search result will minimize the risk for the whole application and registration process. Therefore, the search service with authorities is strongly recommended.

IV. Submit Application of US Trademark
An application must include the following documents before the US Trademark Office will accept it.
(1) Authorization letter of registration;
(2) Qualification certificate of applicant;
(3)A clear drawing of the trademark;
(4) A listing of the goods or services;
(5)The filing fee for at least one class of goods or services.

V. Notice of Acceptance
When The US Trademark Office receives your application data of trademark registration, they will give you an application number and issue the Notice of Acceptance within 3 months.

VI. US Trademark Examination
After the US Trademark Office determines that you have met the minimum filing requirements, the application is forwarded to an examining attorney. This may take a number of months. The examining attorney reviews the application to determine whether it complies with all applicable rules and statutes and includes all required fees.

A complete examination includes a search for conflicting marks, and an examination of the written application, the drawing, and any specimen.

VII. US Trademark Publication
If the examining attorney raises no objections to registration, or if the applicant overcomes all objections, the examining attorney will approve the mark for publication in the Official Gazette, which is three months publication of the US Trademark Office.

VIII. US Trademark Registration
If no party files an opposition or requests to extend the time to oppose, the US Trademark Office will normally register the mark and issue a registration certificate. The date of filing the application will be the registration date.

IX. Time and Fees
Time: The approximate time for obtaining the certificate is about 8-12 months for smooth application. The term of validity is 10 years from the date of filing the application, in which period no extra fee is imposed. The applying fee is RMB 8800.

Contact Us
If you have further inquires, please do not hesitate to contact Tannet at anytime, anywhere by simply visiting Tannet’s website www.tannet-group.net, or calling Hong Kong hotline at 852-27826888 or China hotline at 86-755-82143422, or emailing to tannet-solution@hotmail.com. You are also welcome to visit our office situated in 16/F, Taiyangdao Bldg 2020,Dongmen Rd South, Luohu , Shenzhen, China.

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