How to Register a Trademark in Utah?
Registering a trademark is the best way to protect your brand. If you've thought about registering a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), this guide will help you get started. This article covers how to register a trademark in Utah, including what you should do before applying for registration and what documents are required to complete your application.
Before you can file a trademark application in Utah, you must ensure that your mark is eligible for registration.
The first step in determining if your mark is eligible for registration is to determine what type of mark you have. There are five types of marks: (1) trademarks; (2) service marks; (3) collective marks; (4) certification marks; and (5) trade dress or trade names.
Determine How to Apply
Determine how to apply based on the type of mark you are seeking to register. If the mark is mostly used in interstate commerce or that can be shown to have some meaning, then it should be registered as a federal trademark. If it's primarily used in Utah and has no meaning, then you should file for state registration only.
Gather Required Documentation
The application process itself is relatively simple, but you'll need to be prepared to provide the necessary information. The USPTO's website provides a list of items you will want to gather before starting your application:
- The correct name of the business. If the owner(s) have changed since the business began, be sure to include it on your application. This includes former names, too!
- The correct address of the business and all owners if they have recently moved or changed their names. This should be an address where someone can receive mail professionally (e.g., not just a P.O box). You may also want to include a phone number or email address if possible so that they can contact you if needed while reviewing your application materials.*
Apply for a Trademark
You can apply for a trademark in person by visiting an intellectual property office. To do so, you must submit:
- A completed application form (Form 15)
- A nonrefundable filing fee of $250 or $375 for small businesses with fewer than 40 employees
- A drawing or photograph of your mark (if applicable)
The process of getting a trademark can be complex, but you should see it as an investment in your business. If you’re considering applying for a trademark, contact an attorney who specializes in intellectual property law to discuss your options.
We hope that this article has helped you understand the process of registering a trademark in Utah and how to apply for one. If you need more information, please contact us at any time.