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Trademark Search Questionnaire

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Once you have decided on a name (or several possible names) for your business, products, or services, you may want to register that name. But before you register your business name, you will need to conduct a search to verify that no other business has already registered the name(s) you are considering.

This sometimes requires more work than a simple Internet search, although the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides a search tool. You can also visit a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL), which have product guides and other resources to search for similar trademarks in addition to exact matches. A mark that has the potential to cause confusion among consumers, even if it doesn't necessarily show up in an online search, could create a legal dispute.

Finding the right business name and ensuring its availability early in the startup process can save you major headaches down the road. The following questionnaire identifies the information that will be required in order to conduct a proper search. See FindLaw's Trademarks section to learn more.

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF:

Trademark_____    Trade name_____    Service mark_____

Applicant's name  ____________________________________________________

On behalf of (business name)  ____________________________________________________

I have authorization to act on behalf of the above-named business.

Yes_____   No_____

Official title:  ____________________________________________________

Applicant is a: Sole proprietorship_____  Partnership_____

Corporation_____  Limited liability company_____  Other_________________________

If applicant is a sole proprietorship, are you a U. S. citizen?   Yes_____  No_____

If applicant is a corporation, state of incorporation:  _______________________

Applicant's business address:  

____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

Applicant's business telephone number, including area code:  _______________

Applicant's business fax number:  _______________________________________

Applicant's business e-mail address:  _____________________________________

Application is for: Federal registration only_____   State registration only_____   Both_____

State(s) in which registration is desired  ______________________________________

Is registration outside of the United States desired?   Yes_____No_____

If so, in what other countries?

____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

Date the name or mark began/will be in use:  ____________________________

The name or mark will be used to identify (check all that apply):

A business organization_____   Goods_____   Services_____

Registration is for (check all that apply):

Word(s) only_____   Word(s) in special lettering_____   Logo or design_____

Word(s) and logo_____

Company name_____   Domain name_____

Print, type, or attach the exact name or mark here.

The name or mark relates to the following type of business, product(s), or service(s):

____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

Research conducted to date included the following resources:

____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

Results of that research:

____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

I have personal knowledge that all of the above information is true, complete, and accurate.

_____________________________       Date:__________________
Signature of applicant

On behalf of ___________________________

Get Legal Help with Your Business Name and Trademarks

Your business name is your identity, so it pays to not only find a fitting name, but to also make sure it's legally available. If you need help searching for trademarks associated with your proposed business name or trademark, consider meeting with a trademark law attorney today.

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