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TRADEMARK, COPYRIGHT OR PATENT?
What is a trademark or service mark?
Do Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents protect the same things?
SHOULD I REGISTER MY MARK?
Is registration of my mark required?
When can I use the trademark symbols TM, SM, and ®?
WHAT DOES THE USPTO DO?
HOW DO I FILE A TRADEMARK APPLICATION?
Is there a form for filing my application?
Are there other ways to file besides the Internet?
Must I hire an attorney?
WHAT MUST THE APPLICATION INCLUDE?
·  NAME OF THE APPLICANT
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
·  NAME AND ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE
·  DEPICTION OF THE MARK (“THE DRAWING”)
What is a “standard character” drawing?
What is a “stylized or special form” drawing?
What if I want to show color on the drawing?
·  GOODS AND/OR SERVICES
Can I change the goods and/or services after filing my application?
·  APPLICATION FILING FEE
·  BASIS FOR FILING
What is “use in commerce”?
What is “intent to use”?
Is there any other possible filing basis?
·  SPECIMEN
What is a “specimen” of use?
What is a proper specimen for use of a mark on goods (products)?
What is a proper specimen for use of a mark with services?
How do I file the specimen?
When do I file the specimen?
·  SIGNATURE
Who can sign the application?
How do I sign a TEAS application?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILE MY APPLICATION?
·  LEGAL AND PROCEDURAL REVIEW OF APPLICATION
Does the examining attorney search for conflicting marks?
Can I search for conflicting marks before filing?
Are there other reasons the examining attorney might refuse my mark?
·  PUBLICATION FOR OPPOSITION
·  CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION OR NOTICE OF ALLOWANCE
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR “INTENT TO USE” APPLICATIONS
What is an Allegation of Use?
When do I file an Allegation of Use?
Is there a deadline for filing the Statement of Use after the Notice of Allowance issues?
What is a Request for an Extension of Time to file a Statement of Use?
MAINTAINING A FEDERAL TRADEMARK REGISTRATION
USPTO CONTACTS FOR MORE INFORMATION
OTHER TRADEMARK RESOURCES
The United States Patent and Trademark Office Homepage 
Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDL)
International Schedule of Classes of Goods and Services
Fees for Filing Trademark-Related Documents

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