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Searching to see if a trademark has been registered is reasonably easy. The US government h as a searchable website at http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-application-process/search-trademark-database . That page describes the search and then the link to the actual search is at the top of the page.
The website allows you to do a search for words, which is what most people want to search for. You can also do a search for a mark (ex. the animal shown as the Exxon tiger) but that is quite a bit more complicated.
The webpage I gave you above also has information on registering your trademark. You can go through the forms there although many people find them to be complex. If that's he case then you can go to a site like legalzoom.com and they can provide you with the forms to use that have already been filled out.
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