I have a slogan how can I protect it before I give it to the person so it won't be stolen.
Slogans are hard to protect. Short phrases aren't copyrightable. Slogans that are descriptive aren't trademarks. Slogans that are merely "calls to action" or "laudatory" don't function as trademarks. You could file an Intent to Use trademark application, but if you do it yourself and get it wrong, you may well be out the $275 government filing fee. You could try a confidentiality, non-use and (maybe) non-compete agreement.
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As stated by my colleague, you are going to have difficulty with a slogan. Nevertheless, you may want to consult an attorney about your idea. Either way you go, it is going to cost you some out of pocket money. I wish you the best.
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Generally, if you may be able to file for an intent to use trademark application related to particular goods/services that you intend to sell/render using the proposed slogan.
Generally, you should do a US full trademark search which would include at least, USPTO registered trademarks, USPTO pending trademark applications, US state registrations, common law trademarks, and internet domain names to see if there are confusingly similar conflicting trademarks.
You should discuss with an intellectual property attorney in a private consultation.
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The only way you can protect it in this context is through contract law. You would have to enter into a non-disclosure / non-use agreement with this other person. A short phrase or slogan is not going to be protectable through copyright as creative expression and if you are not using it as a tagline / trademark (source identifier) in commerce (e.g., "Just Do It") then it will not have trademark protection. If you honestly intend to use it as a trademark then you should have it cleared and file an "intent to use" application with the USPTO. I will offer a bit more on that below but I encourage you to get some solid advice on this before committing to anything.
Before you invest in any trademark make sure you get some legal guidance upfront. It is of course best practice to clear it before you start using any trademark and starting with a strong one is your best strategy. Know as well that merely registering your business name with a state or county agency or acquiring a domain does not convey any right to use that name in commerce as a source identifier or trademark. For example, I can presumably register my new tech start up "Boogle" with the AL secretary of state because there is no other business already doing business there under that name, but this does not mean that I would not be infringing on the Google trademark, which I would be. The onus is on you to ensure the name you choose is not a problem.
Your trademark will be one of if not the most important and valuable business assets you will have and you will ultimately spend more money in support if it than you will anywhere else (advertising, marketing, PR, branding, packaging, etc.). So you owe it to your business and yourself to make sure you handle this properly upfront and the first order of business always starts with a proper and comprehensive clearance.
Whenever you endeavor into investing in a trademark it is very important that you conduct the proper clearance due diligence on all the text names upfront and before you start spending any money in support of it or submit an application to the USPTO. In the US, this means searching under both federal (USPTO) as well as common law because trademark rights stem from use in this country NOT registration. This means that acquiring a federal registration does not necessarily mean that you are not infringing on another's intellectual property.
If you need more clarification, I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your objectives in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with and know you are free to work with counsel located anywhere as you have many options available not just those that provide services in your home state.
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