I have an idea I am about to send for utility patent, but it requires using logos from other established corporations and businesses and organizations. I want to find out how to go about in requesting the necessary documents to get their permission to use such logos.
Getting permission to use logos means licensing them from the trademark owner. Most large companies will have a licensing office - searching online or calling them will probably get you there quickly. If the company doesn't have a licensing office, ask for the General Counsel's office.
From your questions, I'm unsure how the logos relate to the utility patent application. But you should avoid using any trademarks in a patent application, either in the text or in drawings. You or your patent attorney should be able to describe your invention without using trademarked terms or images.
Contact a patent attorney if you have any questions about this.
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You need to contact these manufacturer's licensing agent or in-house IP counsel. This is best done by an IP attorney who is familiar with these companies. In addition, you mention that you are about to "send for utility patent." Since this is not the correct terminology, I strongly urge you to contact a patent attorney to assist you to ensure you are covering all of your bases. You also cannot file for a business method patent as recent decisions have made business methods unpatentable. Good luck.
I agree with the good responses you've already received. If the patent for which you intend to apply depends on using trademarks of others, even if you can submit it without the trademarks as you've been told to do here, you really need advice from an IP attorney as to which you should apply for first -- the trademark licenses or the patent. If you apply for the patent and the licenses are denied, and you can't use the patent, you will have wasted time and money.
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As someone who represents a major licensor, my 2 cents is that you had best have your patent locked up and your business model honed with forecasts before you contact any of these entities. They all receive unsolicited ideas and unless you have some type of patent protection, it is doubtful that they will even talk to you. Not only because they don't want to get sued later for "stealing" your idea, but also because if you have nothing protectable, they have plenty of existing licensees for all sorts of goods from clothing to floor mats to golf balls. Good luck.
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