FAQs

Chances are you’ve heard of trademarks, but do you actually know what a trademark is or what it does? A trademark is essentially a brand identifier.  It can be a word, symbol, logo, tagline, or any combination used in association with products or services.

A trademark sets you apart from your competitors.  Think of Coke vs. Pepsi.  They each sell the same product, but no consumers confuse them. A trademark will also protect your brands reputation.  There is a reason that one will choose Apple vs. PC.

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If you are selling goods/services into the U.S., Canada, China, India, the U.K. or any other jurisdiction, then it is essential that you protect your trademark in that jurisdiction.  You do not want to enter any marketplace without protection.  Selling goods/services without having a valid trademark registration is like driving a car without insurance.

 

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Trademark Depot has tailor made trademark registration packages that are all inclusive and predictable.  Our packages offer an availability search in the respective jurisdiction; Unlimited consultations with a registered trademark agent; Drafting of the statement of goods and services (unlimited classes); Preparation, finalizing and filing of your trademark application; Docketing and status review reports; Requests for extensions of time (if required; Preparation and filing of response to non-substantial office actions (formality, re-specification of goods/services); Preparation and filing of response to substantial office actions (major refusals for confusion, descriptiveness, etc.)*; Registration or Bust™ and buyer’s remorse guarantees

 

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Yes, we offer 25% off the price of an additional trademark filed in the same country.

 

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Yes, we have an associate’s package available. Get in touch to get our pricing for Associates.

 

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Government fees are government mandated fees required by the various trademarks’ offices for the submission of a trademark application these fees are wholly dependent on the number of classes the trademark application is being filed under.

 

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Classes our categories under which a trademark application is being filed these classes are mandatory to file a trademark application in any jurisdiction. There are 45 categories of goods/services.

 

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There are some types of trademarks that are not eligible for trademark protection, they include:

Clearly descriptive marks.  A clearly descriptive mark is one that describes a character or quality of the goods/services with which they are filed. Ex. Sweet Apple Juice of apple juice.

Deceptively misdescriptive marks. A deceptively descriptive mark is one that would mislead consumers into believing that the character or quality of the mark is connected to specific goods/services.

Names or surnames. Unless a name or surname has acquired distinctiveness, they are not usually eligible for trademark protection. There are exceptions to the rule.

Scandalous and immoral marks. If a trademark is perceived to be scandalous or immoral, it is not eligible for trademark protection.  

 

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1) Conduct an initial search.  This is one of the most important steps in the process because it will give you an idea of whether or not your trademark is registerable

 

2) Prepare the trademark application with the proper statement of goods and services. the statement of goods and services is imperative to a properly prepared trademark application

 

3) Submit the application to the Trademarks Office for examination. This stage involves the examination of the trademark application by an examiner at the Trademarks Office

 

4) Approval or office action. This stage happens once the trademark application has been examined by an Examiner. You will either receive an approval notice stating that the trademark application has been approved for publication or the Trademarks Office will issue an office action requiring some additional information

 

5) Publication Trademarks Journal. This step is to enable third parties interested in potentially opposing your trademark application.

 

6) If no opposition is filed, the trademark application will proceed to allowance and then to registration.  This stage differs depending on where your trademark application has been filed.

 

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This is highly dependent on how you will be using your mark. Theoretically, a word mark mark will provide with a broader scope of protection, however if there are similar marks in the marketplace, then you may have no choice but to file for your logo which could or could not include your word mark. It is important to remember that filing for a logo or a combined trademark will require you to use your logo exactly the way it has been filed.

 

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This will depend on whether or not you are using your business name as a trademark or if you are simply using it as a business name for banking and tax information purposes. If you are using your business name as a trademark, meaning you are selling goods or offering services under this name, then it is highly recommended that you file your business name as a trademark. However, it is important to remember that registration of a business name, does not mean you are protected for the trademark.  Business names and trademarks are not always synonymous

 

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You do not have to have use of your trademark prior to filing your trademark application. In fact, you are best to file a trademark application as soon as possible, as trademarks are examined on a first to file basis.  The sooner your application is in the pipeline, the better off you are.  This means if a third-party files an application after you, your trademark application will take precedence.

 

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The registration process time will vary by jurisdiction. Some timeline in Canada for example is between 28-36 months, whereas the timeline in the U.S. is 12-18 months.

 

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Yes, trademark registrations are valid for 10 years from the date of registration in both Canada and the U.S. Different jurisdictions have different renewal periods.

 

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The full legal name of the applicant (either your company or your personal name)
The full address of the applicant.
The trademark name or a picture of the logo.
A list of the products you are selling or intend to sell and the services you are offering or intend to offer.

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While we do not offer a money back guarantee, you will be offered a full refund if our search determines that your trademark is not available or registerable.  This refund is only offered BEFORE your trademark application is filed and before we carry out any substantial work in your file.

 

We also offer the Registration or Bust Guarantee, which provides you with a free refile (not including government fees) should you trademark application receive a final refusal.

 

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An office action is correspondence from the Trademarks Office which sets out that further information is required for the examination of your trademark application or sets out that your trademark application has been refused for not complying with the Trademarks Act.

 

If your trademark application receives an Office Action, you can rest assured that Trademark Depot will do everything in their power to ensure that the issues raised by the Trademarks Office will be handled.  There are no additional fees for any responses to Office Actions with Trademark Depot’s packages.

 

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We are not going to blow smoke up your “buttocks”, the honest trust is that Trademark Depot came to be after its founder Jamie worked for several her competitors and saw that there were so many areas that client service could be improved.

 

Trademark Depot offers some of the most comprehensive trademark registration packages on the market for the services provided.  It is also committed to being fully transparent and is aware of the struggles of start-ups and entrepreneurs when just starting out.  Budget constraints are real for start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses and we do our best to work with them.  We also offer a 3-month payment plan so that the initial investment doesn’t break the bank.

 

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