As a new feature, we will be posting FAQ's to create a database for future reference.
It generally takes about 2-3 years to receive the final patent. This can be accelerated using Track One examination or filing under the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). Track one requires payment of an additional fee at filing (about $ 2,000) and the PPH requires acceptance of patent claims from an acceptable patent office.
The symbol ® indicates a trademark is federally registered; whereas, the symbol TM notifies the public of the assertion of unregistered trademark rights. There are many benefits to possessing a trademark registration. Among these include:
- Right to use the symbol ®
- Right to file a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court and pursue monetary remedies
- Preventing the registration of confusingly similar marks by others
- Use as a basis for an international trademark application