How to Trademark a Name & Logo

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Create a name and logo for your business. To avoid using a name and logo that have already been trademarked, conduct a search using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database (see Resources).

Fill out the appropriate paperwork to register your business name and logo with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (see Resources).

Check on the status of your trademark. This process can take five to seven months. You will receive notice when your trademark has been filed.

Obtain a copy of your registered trademark. You can do this by contacting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. You will need to provide your trademark registration number when requesting a copy of the trademark certificate.

File an "Affidavit of Use" after the fifth year but before the sixth year of using the trademark to prevent others from using it. You also must file two additional affidavits before each 10-year period you own the trademark.

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Based in the Washington metro area, Jessica Jones has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in business topics. Her fiction has also been featured in publications such as "The Jamaican Observer Sunday Literary Supplement" and at websites including HackWriters. Jones earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Lesley University.

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