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How do you register your trademark?

So you know that having a trademark is important as you start your business in Georgia. You also know that you need to protect your trademark to protect your brand. But how do you go about registering a trademark in the first place?

The Wall Street Journal has a handy guide packed full of plenty tips and tricks that can help you register your trademark as easily as possible, with minimal wait time or chances of botching something up. Fortunately, the process is relatively simple. You must first make sure that no one else has already laid claim to similar trademarks for their own business. You can do this by checking the Trademark Electronic Search System database, which is a compilation of all registered trademarks in the United States.

From there, there are several options available to you. The most common and easiest way to go about registering is by visiting the website of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. They have applications available to you that take less than two hours to fill out and turn in. They do come with fees that generally range above 250 dollars but below 350. Likewise, you will also need to have as much information about your company ready as possible, such as the services offered, or the first time you used the trademark.

As long as your trademark is unique, you likely won’t have to deal with it being contested. As long as you keep these things in mind as you go, your registration will likely be a smooth process.

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