How to Register a Trademark in Connecticut
Trademarks protect businesses from competitors who might use similar names and logos to try to confuse consumers into buying their products instead of yours. Registering your trademark with the Connecticut Secretary of State's Office gives you exclusive rights over your brand name in Connecticut. It also protects your brand name against adoption by others who might want it for themselves.
What is a Trademark?
A trademark is used to distinguish your goods and services from others that are similar in function and appearance. You apply for registration of your mark with the U.S Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) after you have already established use of that mark in commerce throughout the United States (including Connecticut).
The Cost to Register a Trademark
The cost for filing a trademark application, which includes the filing fee and a basic search report, is $50 per class. The actual filing fee depends on the number of classes you select, with the average total cost being $500.
- You can use the USPTO website to apply. This is the most complicated option because it requires you to fill out several forms and submit them, but it’s also the most efficient one.
- You can hire an attorney to help you with this process. If you choose this route, your attorney will handle everything for you and submit all of your paperwork for approval. This method is more expensive than doing it yourself, but there are many benefits
- An attorney will make sure that every piece of information on your application is accurate and that no mistakes get overlooked. They’ll also be able to advise you on whether or not your mark is likely to be approved by USPTO officials
USPTO Reviewing Process
The Connecticut Secretary of State's Office reviews your application to ensure that it is complete. If the application is not complete, you will be notified by mail and given an opportunity to rectify the mistakes made.
After receipt of your completed application, it is sent to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for review. The USPTO decides whether an applicant has met all requirements for filing a trademark application. If so, then they will accept your filing as complete and assign a filing date in accordance with U.S. Patent Law requirements. Once this occurs, the USPTO return their official notice back through their office where they will then issue you a Certificate of Registration if everything goes smoothly without any issues or objections raised during this process. You will also be provided with instructions on how to submit payment if necessary before finally processing all paperwork once again so that everything can be finalized officially once again.
Notice of Rejection
If you receive a rejection notice, you can check the details for yourself. The letter will list the reason for the rejection and give instructions on how to respond. If you agree with the rejection, there is nothing more to do—your application has been withdrawn. You can submit the application again after rectifying previous errors.
The process of registering a trademark can be confusing, but it does not have to be difficult. If you are unsure about whether an idea is eligible for registration or if the application will be approved, talk with a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property law. We hope that this article has helped you better understand how to register a trademark in Connecticut.