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Patents, Trademarks, & Copyrights: Finding Trademarks


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Trademark Sources

A trademark is "a type of intellectual property consisting of a recognizable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others, although trademarks used to identify services are usually called service marks."  In order to protect this element of creativity, one needs to register it through the USPTO.  The process is similar to that of filing a patent and one will need to conduct a trademark search to see if the mark is available.  These FAQs about trademarks explain the entire process well.  The following resources are helpful in learning how to conduct a trademark search and where to go: