Acquiring Trademark Rights and Registrations

This Note discusses the acquisition of trademark rights and registrations in the US. It covers the legal framework for trademark protection, what a trademark protects, and the requirements for obtaining federal trademark protection under the Lanham Act. It also discusses the process for applying for, securing, and maintaining federal trademark registrations with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

This Practice Note will be updated to reflect the USPTO rules amendments effective March 21, 2017. For details, see Updates, USPTO Publishes Final Rule Facilitating Verification of Certain Trademark Use Claims in Affidavits or Declarations and Trump Regulatory Freeze Stalls New USPTO Trademark Use Rule.

Michael J. Schwab, Esq., Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, with Practical Law Intellectual Property & Technology


 

The full text of this resource is available by logging in or by requesting a trial. If you have any questions, please contact us or your Practical Law Account Executive.

Free trial

A free trial will give you:

Unlimited access to our online legal know-how services during the trial period
Full training and support
Four issues of Practical Law The Journal, the companion to Practical Law online
Weekly update e-mails on current legal developments in your practice area
 

Log in using Practical Law username

Only use this login if you have not set up OnePass for Practical Law

{ "siteName" : "PLC", "objType" : "PLC_Doc_C", "objID" : "1247454515559", "objName" : "ACT_OWNED - READ_ONLY - 2-505-1700", "userID" : "2", "objUrl" : "http://us.practicallaw.com/cs/Satellite/us/resource/2-505-1700?q=&qp=&qo=&qe=", "pageType" : "Resource", "academicUserID" : "", "contentAccessed" : "false", "analyticsPermCookie" : "269160404:15a6bf79664:-72c1", "analyticsSessionCookie" : "269160404:15a6bf79664:-72c0", "statisticSensorPath" : "http://analytics.practicallaw.com/sensor/statistic" }