Undoubtedly, protecting a business trademark is worth the effort, as it is one of the most valuable assets of any company. In this sense, federally registering a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an excellent choice.
While it is not possible to register a trademark for free, every dollar paid is worth the protection against competing businesses that may utilize a similar mark. In this article, you will discover all about the fees involved in filing a federal trademark in Florida.
Applying for a Federal Trademark in Florida – An Overview
A trademark refers to a recognizable insignia, phrase, word, or symbol that legally distinguishes a product or service from all other businesses of its type. In Florida, it is possible to register a trademark at the state level (Florida Department of State) or the federal level (USPTO).
Before applying for a trademark, it is crucial to conduct a thorough trademark search. If the results are positive and there are no trademark conflicts, the applicant can proceed to apply with the responsible entity.
After receiving official approval, the entity will grant trademark protection against infringement at the state or federal level – depending on what entity you choose to petition.
Applying for a trademark at the federal level is the best choice, providing nationwide trademark protection and permitting the mark owner to sue for infringement with a federal court.
Typically, filing and submitting a trademark application at the federal level through the USPTO may cost between $250-$750. The fees required to register a trademark will depend on the number of trademark applications and the type/class of products the applicant intends to trademark.
When filing an application, applicants have two different options. They can file electronically using USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) or file a paper application form and submit it by mail.
The USPTO incentivizes users to file their petitions via TEAS, as it guarantees an expedited arrival and easier processing. The fees for applicants who choose to file electronically usually range between $250 and $350 for each class of product(s) registered.
Although it is much more convenient to file a trademark registration application using USPTO’s online system, some users may opt for a paper application form.
Nonetheless, the cost to file a paper trademark application is a bit more expensive – $750 for each class of product(s) registered. Notice that, if a trademark application is not accepted by the USPTO, the agency will not reimburse any fees.
Upon receiving approval from the USPTO, a trademark lasts for ten years. After this period has expired, applicants may pay up to $300 to file a renewal application electronically, or $400 to file a renewal application in paper.
Is It Necessary to Work with a Florida Trademark Attorney?
When applying for trademark registration, hiring an expert attorney is not mandatory. However, a legal advisor can significantly boost chances of success.
Filing and registering a trademark involves a detailed search, lots of paperwork, and a well-written application. If you are not familiar with the legal aspects involved in this process, it is extremely recommendable to seek guidance from a Florida trademark attorney.
We Can Help You with Trademark Registration – Work with Jurado and Farshchian, P.L.
With a decade of experience helping clients develop their business and protect intellectual property, Attorney Romy B. Jurado is an expert in trademark law. Waste no time – contact us today at (305) 921-0976 or sending an email at Romy@juradolawfirm.com to schedule a consultation.