A trademark is a symbol that distinguishes products and services in the marketplace. It can protect intellectual property, a brand name, a design, or can be applied to a business, product or used in connection with specific services. Trademark law protects you, the owner, from competitors stealing your identity or using a name or symbol so similar that it could cause confusion for your clients or customers. It’s important to gain a good understanding of trademarks in order to determine whether or not you need one.
For an overview of what trademark protection, trademark registration and the two main forms of trademark search — online and comprehensive are, read What is a Trademark?
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Q: I have invented what I think is “a better mousetrap.” How do I stop someone from stealing it? Do I need a patent or maybe a trademark?
Q: I have invented what I think is “a better mousetrap.” How do I stop someone from stealing it? Do I need a patent or maybe a trademark? - LT
Got a great idea? Follow these first steps from SCORE Counselor, Alan Tratner of Santa Barbara, CA.
1. Put all your ideas, notes and drawings in an inventor’s journal, and have it signed, witnessed and dated. Be careful about disclosing your ideas to anyone—use a confidentiality or non-disclosure document when discussing your ideas.
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