How to Trademark a Business Name

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When trademarking a business name, it's important to make sure that the name isn't substantially similar to another name that is already trademarked. Avoid infringing on another business' trademark with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on law and legal questions.

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You've recently decided to start your own business and you've come up with a unique name and you want to make sure that no one else uses that, but you don't know anything about trademarks, copyrights, patents or the like. Hello, I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer the question how to trademark a business. Well probably one of the first places to start is the United States Patent and Trademark Offices. They have a toll free number, they also have a website. We encourage you to visit that website and check out the terminology as well as the process and see if you understand it. And if you do, complete the process, part of which will be checking a trademark listing of other names to make sure that your name isn't substantially similar or very close to another name that is already trademarked. You certainly don't want to infringe another business' trademark and find yourself on the wrong end of a lawsuit. So if you are in doubt this is an area where we would strongly encourage you to seek the services of a specialized lawyer who practices in patents and trademarks. I'm Robert Todd and thank you for watching.

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