How to Register a Trademark in Indiana
Trademarks are important to protect, especially if you're considering starting a business. Trademarks can protect your brand and help ensure that no one else is using your company's name or logo. If someone tries to use a similar name, it may confuse customers into believing that the two businesses are related. To register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you must first file an application for federal registration.
Choose a Distinctive Mark
When you register a trademark in Indiana, you need to choose one that is distinctive and not descriptive or generic. In other words, it must be unique and easily recognizable.
There are two types of trademarks: registered trademarks and unregistered marks. The difference between these two types is that a registered mark grants significant additional benefits (such as nationwide recognition) that an unregistered mark does not have.
Conduct a Trademark Search
Conduct a trademark search. A trademark search will tell you if your potential mark is currently being used by another business, and it's an important step in the application process. You can hire a professional to conduct your search for you, or use an online service using the USPTO website. If you do choose to do the search on your own and find that there are no conflicting trademarks, proceed with filing an application.
File for Registration
To register a trademark in Indiana, you'll need to file an application with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' Trademark Office. The process involves three steps:
1) Complete an application form (Form 646) and submit it along with an application fee ($125).
2) Submit samples of how your mark will be used on products or services (for example, labels, packaging materials, promotional material).
3) Submit a specimen of usage (for example, business cards).
If you’re considering registering your trademark in Indiana, it’s important to understand the process and time commitment involved. While this article has provided a brief overview of the steps, we encourage you to speak with an attorney if you have specific questions or need help completing any paperwork.