Frequently asked Questions

Can a domain name be registered as a Trademark ?

Yes. A domain name (.com, .org, etc.) may qualify to be registered as a Trademark depending upon its usage.

What is a Trademark ?

Trademark is word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, used by an owner to distinguish his goods and/or services from others.

What can act as a trademark ?

A word, name, logo, symbol, slogan, color, sound, device, fragrance, scent, flavor, touch and their combination

Can I file a Trademark application, if I am not using the Trademark ?

Yes, you may file an Intent to Use application if you have a bonafide intention to use the Trademark.

When can I start using the “®” symbol on my Trademark ?

You can use “®” symbol after the Trademark is registered with the USPTO.

What are the benefits of a Trademark registration ?

A Trademark registration has several benefits, which include:-

  • Exclusive rights to use the Trademark.
  • Confirmation of ownership of the Trademark.
  • Right to bar import of goods and/or services, which infringe upon your exclusive right to use the Trademark.
  • Protection against counterfeiting. 
  • Adds value to your business. 

Can a foreign individual or company file a trademark application in the U.S. ?


How long does it take to register a Trademark ?

It takes about a year to register a Trademark. However, in some cases, depending upon the office actions and objections, it may take longer than one year. 

How many years is a Trademark registration valid ?

A Trademark registration is valid for 10 years subject to filing with the USPTO between the 5th and 6th year. A Trademark is renewed between the 9th and 10 year of registration. 

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