A trademark is a form of legal protection for words, names, symbols, colors and sounds that is unique to the registrant. Businesses register trademarks as a way to easily identify the source of the mark. Trademark infringement lawsuits can be filed for the unauthorized use of the mark. The Florida Department of State Division of Corporations issues trademarks on a state level and are only valid in the state of Florida.
Search the database on their website to ensure the trademark isn’t already registered. The search database is located under the Document Search link. A formal written request for the trademark office to conduct a search can be sent to:
Trademark Registration Section Division of Corporation P.O. Box 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314
Complete the form to register a service mark. This form is available on the Secretary of State Division of Corporations website. Indicate on the application that the application is for a service mark. A service mark is for names, logos, designs and slogans. You must list the specific services that you are using the service mark for.
Assemble the application packet. The application packet should include one original and photocopy of the trademark application, three samples of the work being trademarked and the filing fee of $87.50. Samples accepted for registering a business name include business cards, brochures and flyers. The mark must already be in use before it can be registered.
Mail your application packet to: Trademark Registration Section Division of Corporation P.O. Box 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314
Drop off your application packet to: Trademark Registration Section Division of Corporation Clifton Building 2661 Executive Center Circle Tallahassee, FL 32301
Your application is processed in approximate two to five business days. A certificate of registration is issued.
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