How to Register a Trademark in Minnesota?
A trademark is a symbol, word, or phrase that represents a company or product. It is used to identify and distinguish a company's goods or services from those of other companies. In Minnesota, a trademark can be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or with the Minnesota Secretary of State.
Conduct a Trademark Search
The first step in registering a trademark in Minnesota is to conduct a trademark search. This search will ensure that the trademark you want to register is not already in use by another company. To conduct a trademark search, you can use the USPTO's online database, which is called the TESS (Trademark Electronic Search System). This database allows you to search for trademarks that are similar to the one you want to register.
Prepare the Trademark Application
Once you have conducted a trademark search and have determined that your trademark is available, the next step is to prepare the trademark application. The application must include the following information:
- The name of the applicant (the person or company who is applying for the trademark)
- The name of the trademark
- A description of the goods or services that the trademark will be used for
- A specimen of the trademark (a sample of how the trademark will be used)
File the Trademark Application
Once the application is prepared, the next step is to file it with the USPTO or the Minnesota Secretary of State. When filing the application, you will need to pay a filing fee. The fee for registering a trademark with the USPTO is $225 for an electronic application and $275 for a paper application. The fee for registering a trademark with the Minnesota Secretary of State is $50.
Wait for the Trademark to be Approved
After the application is filed, it will be reviewed by the USPTO or the Minnesota Secretary of State. This review process can take several months. If the application is approved, the trademark will be registered. If the application is denied, the applicant will be notified and will have the opportunity to appeal the decision.
Use the Trademark
Once the trademark is registered, the applicant will be able to use the trademark to identify and distinguish their goods or services from those of other companies. It is important to note that the trademark must be used in order to remain valid. If the trademark is not used for a period of three years, it may be considered abandoned and can be cancelled.
Registering a trademark in Minnesota is a process that requires attention to detail and a bit of patience. By conducting a trademark search, preparing the application, filing the application, and waiting for approval, you will be able to use your trademark to identify and distinguish your goods or services from those of other companies. Remember to use your trademark to maintain its validity and protect your brand