Quick Answer: How Can I Trademark My Logo For Free?

How do I make my own trademark symbol?

When typing on a Windows computer, use the keyboard combination of pressing the [Alt] key followed by the keypad number sequence of “0153” to insert the TM symbol or “0174” to insert the registered trademark symbol..

You can also register a trademark for your logo with the Secretary of State in the state where you will be using the logo. Doing so protects your rights only within that state, so the logo can be used by others in other states. The third and most expensive option is to file a trademark application with the USPTO.

How do you know if a logo is copyrighted?

To search the USPTO’s trademark database, go to TESS and choose a search option. If you are searching for a name, you can use the trademark name search. If you are searching a design mark, such as a logo, you will first need to look up your design code using the USPTO’s Design Search Code Manual.

How long does a trademark last?

10 yearsA registered trademark is valid for 10 years from the date of registration, and can be renewed every 10 years. To renew a trademark the owner must pay a government renewal fee. In general, renewal requests will only be accepted six months before or after a renewal deadline.

What’s the difference between trademark and copyright?

Copyrights and trademarks protect distinct creations. Generally, copyrights protect creative or intellectual works, and trademarks apply to commercial names, phrases, and logos. … Trademarks protect the use of a company’s name and its product names, brand identity (like logos) and slogans.

What is the cheapest way to trademark?

The cheapest way to acquire a trademark is to simply use it in commerce in connection with your business. This almost equates to doing nothing, except that you must use the particular word, phrase, image or combination in connection with your business.

Do you need a lawyer to file a trademark?

No. You do not need an attorney to file an application for registration of a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Yes. A logo that includes artistic or design elements, (i.e. not just the name on its own), is legally regarded as being a work of artistic creation and therefore will be protected under copyright law. Copyright protects the logo as an artistic work.

Go to the U.S. Copyright Office website. Select “Electronic Copyright Registration” to fill in the Form VA online for registration of a work of Visual Arts. Name the creator of the logo and include contact information for the owner. Many logos are works for hire.

Can I put TM on my logo without registering?

The (TM) symbol actually has no legal meaning. You can use the symbol on any mark that your company uses without registering it. The most common use of the TM symbol is on a new phrase, logo, word, or design that a company plans to register through the USPTO.

Trademark Registration – How long does it take? There are several stages in trademark registration. The time scales below are indicative of how long it takes to register a trade mark from the date that it is filed, but overall the process can take between 3 and 8 months, and sometimes over a year.

The cost to trademark a name at the federal level ranges from $225 to $400 plus legal fees or $50 to $150 for a state trademark. The average cost to trademark a logo is $225 to $600 plus any legal fees. Get free estimates from trademark attorneys near you.