How to Register a Trademark in Tennessee?
If you have a unique mark that you want to protect, then consider registering it as a trademark in Tennessee. Registering your mark with the state of Tennessee is a smart and inexpensive way to protect yourself from competitors using similar trademarks. If you want more protection or to register your mark nationwide, you can also register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Determine Whether the Mark Can Be Registered
You can register a trademark in the following categories:
- Symbol or design, or a combination of these elements (e.g., the Nike "swoosh")
- Sound (a sound mark)
- Smell or taste (a scent mark)
- 3D shape
Choose the Goods and Services
You need to choose the goods and services that you use your mark for. The trademark is registered with the USPTO so that they can prevent other companies from using it on similar products.
Complete the Application
You will need to fill out the application with your company name, address, and phone number. You will also have to provide information about the goods and services that you use your trademark for. This includes a description of what the goods or services are, how they are marketed (e.g., through advertising campaigns), where they are sold, etc.
Once you have completed your application, it's time to send it to the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). The PTO will review your application and either refuse or accept it. If your trademark is accepted by the PTO, they will issue an official registration certificate that shows when and how you can use your trademark in association with products or services.
Submit the Application and Pay Fees
You’ll also need to pay the following fees:
- The state filing fee: $110.00
- The USPTO filing fee: $325.00 (for domestic applicants), $450.00 (for foreign applicants)
- The USPTO application fee: $100.00 (for both domestic and foreign applicants)
If you wish to have your mark published in the Official Gazette, you will also need to include a publication fee with your application.
You can register a trademark with either the state of Tennessee or with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. By registering your trademark in both places, you increase your chances of stopping someone from infringing on it by giving them fewer places to look for it.
Registering a trademark can be an important step for your business. It allows you to protect yourself from copycats and keep your brand strong.