Obtaining a Federal Trademark Registration can be a simple process, if you are prepared and you educate your attorney. Before meeting with a trademark attorney, collect the following pieces of information:
You would be surprised how many people come to an attorney without having their trademark finalized. Of course, we can help you narrow down your choices, run trademark searches on a few selections...etc. However, these options cost money. What is the trademark? It is a work mark, or do you want protection on the design/logo (or both)? If your logo is finalized, bring a final copy of the design to your attorney.
The trademark office requires a specific description of the goods/services used in connection with the mark. What goods/services will the mark be used in connection with?
To be awarded a Federal trademark registration, you must be using the mark. You can apply for registration if you have a bona fide intention to use the mark. Speak with an attorney about your options for filing.
Are you using the mark? If so, what date (exactly) did you first start using the mark? What date did you first use the mark in interstate commerce?
Who will the mark belong to? Will it belong to you as an individual, or will you assign it over to your company?
If you are using the mark, bring a "specimen" of the mark in use. This could mean a photograph of the mark used on packaging, a brochure, a website printout...etc.
The above listed items will ensure a smooth registration process.
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