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State Trademark Registration
To register a trademark with your state, you must apply with the state trademark office. Although requirements vary from state to state, in general, you must fill out a form, submit a specimen and/or drawing of your trademark and pay a filing fee of $125 for each class of goods or services registered. You typically cannot apply for a state trademark until you are using the mark.
By using your mark in commerce, you already have some common law trademark rights. Registering your trademark with the state doesn’t give you much additional protection. However, state registration does create a record of the date that you began using your mark, and that record can be important if you are accused of trademark infringement or if you want to stop someone else from using a mark that is similar to yours.
State trademark registration only protects your trademark in the state where you register it.
Registering a trademark with the state is less expensive than registering with the USPTO.
Registering a trademark helps you protect your brand and your intellectual property. While federal registration offers many more benefits, you might choose state registration instead if you are short on funds and don’t ever plan to do business outside your state. If you are unsure which is best, a trademark attorney can help you decide. Our company gives recommendations on how to trademark your legal name and business logo. We cannot guarantee the logo and name will be trademarked. The process to trademark those items can take up to 1-2 months. Our company charges $355.