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Trademarks??

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Beltonbanger, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Anyone every get a trademark for their operation? WHat are the odds? Criteria?
     
  2. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    The bare minimum to trademark anything is around $3,000- $5000. In most cases, it's just not worth the agony, especially in the taxidermy (or any specialty job) arena. The actual "trademark" can be as low as $100 but then you're going to need to have the time copyrighted (done simply by imbossing a circled "c" on the item.) The REAL costs come with patenting the item.

    If you're looking for protection, then the patent is the only way. Trademarks will be applical only in the area you live and that's if someone else doesn't already have that name. Then you have to expand that coverage to adjacent counties, regions, or nationally. The costs keep going up every time you have to have a lawyer file for trademark protection.
     

  3. Skywalker

    Skywalker Well-Known Member

    Mine is a dirty joke. George knows this!
     
  4. damonkus

    damonkus Member

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    If you are trying to protect your shop name from being used by someone else in your state you may look at a "Service mark".

    In Ky you protect a business name that way...Very inexpensive..$15

    Here is how i did mine

    http://apps.sos.ky.gov/business/trademarks/tmdetail.asp?id=17656&docnumber=KY017497&regnum=017497

    http://www.sos.ky.gov/bus/tmandsm/Pages/default.aspx
     
  5. jim tucker

    jim tucker Active Member

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    Here is the problem. Unless you are a millionaire and have money to burn Protecting your "name" is a losing battle.

    For Instance say "register"

    "Wildlife Artistry"

    here are some variations somone could use AND be totally safe from litigation

    Ted'sWildlife Artistry

    Wildlife Artistryof Joplin

    Wild-Life Artistry

    Wylde Life R-tistry

    THE Wildlife Artistry

    Custom Wildlife Artistry

    AAA Wildlife Artistry

    It's a losing battle unless you are willing to fight it constantly.