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    Trademark

    Looking to start a business as a result im looking into filing a US trademark .

    Having looked online via USPTO my chosen business name is available.

    My question is have anyone here tried to file trademarks before ?

    I know there are hundreds of trademark filing companies available aswell as being able to file direct online using the USPTO website.


    I would like to know whether anyone has tried to file direct and what tips. pitfalls I should watch for etc. As filing direct cuts out the legal fees of middlemen

    alternatively If you have used a company to file in the past please provide your tips, recommendations etc

    thanks

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    So are you trying to tell us that you're registering a trademark before you've set up your business?
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    We used LegalZoom and have no regrets. Everything was smooth, simple, and straightforward. I recommend using them and paying a little bit extra so that you don't screw anything up on your application. If it's rejected, your filing fee is not refunded, so get it done right the first time.

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    Jay yes im telling you that im going to register a trademark prior to starting the business. Whats so hard to understand.

    Only an idiot would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars entering a business without protecting themselves first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freshjada
    Only an idiot would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars entering a business without protecting themselves first.
    Actually, I know quite a few people who started their business before acquiring the trademark for its name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freshjada
    Jay yes im telling you that im going to register a trademark prior to starting the business. Whats so hard to understand.

    Only an idiot would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars entering a business without protecting themselves first.
    If you you are going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in startup costs I would suggest getting a trademark lawyer instead of trying to save a few bucks by doing it yourself. It is a complex and lengthy process and can take from one to several years depending on it's complexity ...and if there are any challenges.

    IANAL - but Lpal-Jay's comment was based on usage of the mark. It is easier, and more usual, to get a trademark on an existing product or service, as usage strengthens your case and your rights to that name. I would suggest registering the business name & incorporating in the US first (it can take less than a week) and then apply for the trademark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freshjada
    My question is have anyone here tried to file trademarks before ?
    I have fully registered trademarks for Dotable, and our mascot. It was a long process, and I went through a trademark law firm (trademarkworks.com.au) and they handled all the paperwork. I just kept sending them money. It cost more, but the job was done right, and there's no room for error in the trademark world.
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