How to Copyright a Logo or Trademark
- 1). Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office website and http://www.uspto.gov. This website has an electronic trademark petition form. Find more information about registering a trademark at this website.
- 2). Conduct research to see if anyone is already claiming ownership to your potential mark by looking through the database on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website. The website offers a Trademark Electronic Search System at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/tac/doc/basic/.
- 3). Create a written description of your potential mark. It must be very specific and detailed in describing the mark for it to be approved.
- 4). Provide a depicted version of the mark to accompany the written description.This mark will be the actual image of the logo you wish to protect under trademark.
- 5). Register your trademark by moving on to the application process. Fill out the application and submit it electronically.
- 6). Wait for your application to be reviewed by an examining attorney. If there is a problem with the trademark, the applicant will be notified of the necessary changes. If the application is approved, it will be published in the Official Gazette, a publication of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- 7). Check to see if your application is opposed by a third party. After being published in the Official Gazette, there is a 30-day period to file an opposition if a third party believes there is some sort of legal issue with the mark. After 30 days, the trademark is approved and a Certificate of Registration is issued.