Principal Register vs. the Supplemental Register

Principal Register

In an earlier post, I introduced the concept of trademark distinctiveness.  Distinctiveness for trademarks is a spectrum.  The more distinctive a mark, the stronger that trademark is.  These stronger trademarks have unique names. That is what makes them distinctive.  The names are unrelated to the products/services they are sold with.  Good examples include Kodak for cameras, or Buick … Read morePrincipal Register vs. the Supplemental Register

When Do I Have “Use In Commerce” of My Trademark?

Use In Commerce

In order to register your trademark, you will have to show use of your mark in commerce.  Your filing basis will determine when you have to show use.  If you file on an In Use basis, you will show your use in commerce of the mark as part of the application.  For an Intent to … Read moreWhen Do I Have “Use In Commerce” of My Trademark?