So what is a Trademark? According to the United States Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO), a TRADEMARK is either a word, phrase,
symbol or design, or combination of words, phrases, symbols or
designs, which identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods
or services of one party from those of others.
Remember, just registering a Domain is not the same as Trademarking
one. Just because you have a great name doesn't mean it cannot be
taken away from you by someone that already has that name
When you are ready to trademark your name it is recommended that you
hire a patent attorney, because the trademark process can be tricky.
One of the most important processes in applying for a trademark is
searching for potential trademark conflicts. In today's NetDummy, I
put together a list of resources you can use to search for trademark
If you would like to read more information on Trademarking your
Domain Name, read this online tutorial provided by eStartupHelp.com:
Patrick Stoddard, Editor
United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The USPTO is the government agency responsible for registering
trademarks and other intellectual properties. This is the first
site to go to if you are interested in trademarking your business
name. You can conduct a free, basic trademark search. You can also
learn very important information about trademarks.
USPTO's Trademark Resource Pamphlet.
This is a pamphlet that is customarily furnished in response to
general information requests about trademarks received at the Patent
and Trademark Office. A printed copy of this publication is provided
by the USPTO at no charge. It can also be downloaded from this page.
USPTO Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).
This is supposed to make applying quicker and easier. You can also
print the TEAS application form and mail it to the USPTO.
IBM's Trademark and Patent Website.
This is a trademark and patent search website managed by IBM. It has
several features that make your search easier and quicker. You can
narrow the search by patent number, title, or abstract, or by all
claims, assignee, inventors, and attorney/agent.
Entrepreneur Magazine's Legal Filings
Here, you'll find answers to common questions about the pros and cons
of trademarks, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships, S
corporations and more. Its articles are aimed at the layman and they
are very easy to understand.
The Intellectual Property portal. This portal has an amazing
collection of resources on Trademarks, Patents, copyrights, and
general Intellectual Property issues.
Intellectual Property Menu
That is a guide to intellectual property resources. They have a huge
selection of intellectual property resources online.
This is an extensive database of attorneys, categorized by geography
and area of specialization. You can select the type of service you
need and a selection of attorneys will be listed for you.
FindLaw.com offers an array of free resources and tools for small
businesses. It has information on all sorts of legal issues for small
businesses, including patent law.