Trademarks and Service Marks in Florida
Are you interested in taking your brand to the next level? Consider registering a trademark or service mark in Florida as an addition to your marketing campaign. Learn more about claiming your intellectual property below.
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2: Via your state department
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What Are Trademarks and Service Marks in Florida?
Trademarks ™ and Service Marks (SM) are phrases, words, designs or symbols that help identify your brand or service in Florida. While trademarks are used to identify brands of goods and are often known as "brand names" service marks refer to services. Both trademarks and service marks should be registered federally, though it is not a requirement. For information and in-depth videos about the process, visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office website here. Among the many benefits of establishing a trademark or service mark are building confidence in your brand, claiming ownership over your good or service and inspiring confidence in investors.
Federal Trademarks/Service Marks
Registering a federal trademark or service mark in Florida has several advantages, including a notice to the public of the registrant's claim of ownership of the mark. There are a few key steps to registering a federal trademark or service mark.
- Determine if you meet the definition for a trademark by visiting the USPTO website.
- Read more about trademark attorneys and their costs by clicking here.
- Choose your trademark format. For information about the three types, click here.
- Ensure that your trademark is available with this search tool.
- Determine your basis for filing for your trademark or service mark.
After you've completed these steps, you can proceed with the federal application process. It can take a long time to hear whether your trademark or service mark has been accepted.
Registering a Trademark or Service Mark in Florida
If you want to register a trademark or service mark in the state of Florida, you must fill out the proper application. Download the form here and submit it, along with applicable fees, to the Florida Department of State.
Should your trademark be approved, you must still assign it to a particular company or individual. Download, complete and return the Assignment of Mark Registration form to the Florida Department of State.