What is a trademark?
AA trademark is a name (words) or a design (logo) intended to distinguish a good or service (your business or nonprofit) from similar goods or services by others in the market (your competition).
How long does the process take?
AWith client cooperation, meaning when our clients respond to our e-mails promptly and provide us with the information we need on time, we can typically complete the process start to finish within 4-6 weeks. From there, it typically takes the federal government from 8 to 12 months to approve or deny your federal trademark application.
Will I have to wait to be approved before I can start doing things with my trademark?
A After you hire us, you’ll meet with your trademark attorney and your attorney will give you detailed instructions regarding what you legally can and cannot do while we wait to hear back from the federal government regarding your applications.
How much does it cost?
AIt depends on what you need. The best I can say is that at minimum – you will need to pay for filing fees (the fees that go to the government to process your paperwork) in addition to legal fees (the fee paid to the lawyer for spending time doing the work for you). Filing fees alone are on average $375 (depending on which form(s) we file). That means you will need at least $375 just to cover the filing fees alone. You should then budget above that fee to cover the legal fees for the attorney doing the work for you.
What do I need to get started?
A Even if you want to own your name and logo, your logo doesn’t have to be ready for us to get started. We simply need to know what you want us to protect. We will send you a (1) new client form and (2) secure payment link to get started. Once those two items are received, we will schedule your appointment with our trademark attorney and start the process. We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, Paypal, wire transfers, cash, money orders and bank checks. Checks are subject to a 5-day hold and we will not be able to start the process until it clears from our bank.