Kirk Adams : Hi - I do some intellectual property work, so I can probably help you out.
Kirk Adams : First, a logo wouldn't be protected by a copyright. Instead, it would be protected by a trademark. Customer:
ok, i am sorta concerned that someone will take my idea. what is the safest way to proceed.
Kirk Adams : There are common law trademarks, which attaches to the logo/design the instant you create it.
Kirk Adams : Also, you can get a trademark from the US Patent and Trademark Office that will give you nationwide protection of your logo.
Kirk Adams : USUALLY, there's no need to go through the expense to get a national trademark unless you're marketing and selling a product nationally.
Kirk Adams : In most cases, a common law trademark will do.
how soon after i apply for a trademark can it be used
Kirk Adams : You can start using the mark immediately - - even while your application is pending
can the trademark be sold at anytime...
Kirk Adams : Yes, you can sell your mark anytime.
even during the waiting process
Kirk Adams : It's considered personal property just like a car, watch or shotgun.
Kirk Adams : Yes.
i already have my Go Daddy domain
Kirk Adams : The reason is that you have a common law trademark the second you invent the logo. You are the owner at that instant.
Kirk Adams : You can't sell the logo as a USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) registered trademarked logo until your application is complete.
with a good web address I hope that helps.....i hope to make money for a team and for the team that they play
how long does the process usually take
Kirk Adams : But, you can sell the design anytime. But, waiting until you have a registered mark should make the logo worth more.
Kirk Adams : USUALLY, a trademark application is processed within 6-8 months. BUT, I have seen some that take a year or more to process.
ok....what is the safest way to proceed...since i am going to get screwed, I need to get this moving
Kirk Adams : The time really depends on whether there's an issue of your logo being similar to some other previously registered mark.
Kirk Adams : The best and quickest way to get a trademark application going is to get a local patent attorney to draft and file your application.
Kirk Adams : An attorney can get this done faster than a non-attorney.
I have never seen anything like it, and the team is very popular and I think i would have seen it before now....they have about 50 thousand college students, so this could be my plan B.
Kirk Adams : If you want to look into doing this alone, you can review the information and application forms here: http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/teas/
where is your office located
Kirk Adams : My firm has offices in Miss. and Tenn., BUT we're not allowed to take on clients through JUST ANSWER, unfortunately.