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The United States Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors…

Is a trademark application right for you?
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Is a trademark application right for you?

Is a trademark application right for you? Trademarks, patents, copyrights, domain names, and business name registrations all differ, so it is important to learn whether a trademark is appropriate for you. A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services. A patent protects an invention. A copyright protects an original artistic…

PATENT PENDING STATUS
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PATENT PENDING STATUS

Patent Pending Number A patent pending notice can be written on the device, business cards describing the product, websites or other forms of marketing (social media, flyers, etc.). The patent pending number puts the public on notice that you have submitted a utility patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Posting the…

Patent Basics: What is a Patent?
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Patent Basics: What is a Patent?

A patent for an invention is a grant of property rights by the U.S. Government through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent grant excludes others from making, using, or selling the invention in the United States. A utility or plant patent in force on June 8, 1995, is subject to either the 17…

Can I trademark an image?
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Can I trademark an image?

Images can be filed in a trademark application. A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination of these elements, that identifies and distinguishes the source of one party’s goods from those of others. The image is first cleared with a comprehensive trademark search. The filed image would identify and distinguish…

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What Every Small Business Should Know About Trademarks

This video is a must for anyone interested in starting a business to sell a product or offer a service. It highlights the important role of trademarks in that process, including a discussion of how trademarks, patents, copyrights, domain names, and business name registrations all differ. It gives guidelines on how to select the right…