Patents and Trademarks : Trademarks
What is a Trademark?
A trademark (or "service mark") is a word, phrase, symbol or design which identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods or services of one party from those of another. There is no requirement that you register a trademark with your state or the USPTO to make a good or service publicly available; however, federal registration has the following benefits:
- Constructive notice nationwide of the trademark owner's claim.
- Evidence of ownership of the trademark.
- Jurisdiction of federal courts may be invoked.
- Registration can be used as a basis for obtaining registration in foreign countries.
- Registration may be filed with U.S. Customs Service to prevent importation of infringing foreign goods.
Registering a Trademark
Federal Registration of Trademarks
Trademark Basics - watch the video
Conducting a trademark search. Step-by-step instructions for searching registered federal trademarks on the Trademark Office’s website.
State Registration of Trademarks
Search US Trademarks
- Search more than 3 million records for pending, registered, abandoned, cancelled or expired federal trademarks
- Records include logos or designs
- Links to TSDR database for status information
- Does not contain marks abandoned, cancelled or expired prior to 1983