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Registering a Trademark

Below you will find a step-by-step guide to applying for federal trademark registration. You can also register your mark in your state, which will put others on notice as to your ownership of legal rights to the mark. Also, you may want to download FindLaw's Guide to How to Register a Trademark [PDF] for an overview of the process of obtaining and registering a trademark over your goods.

Step #1: Should You Apply for Federal Registration?

Step #2: Perform a Trademark Search

Step #3: File a Federal Trademark Application

Step #4: After You Submit the Application

Step #5: Maintaining Federal Trademark Registration

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