State Versus Federal Trademark Registration?

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jan 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

QUESTION: I have a business that I've been using for awhile, just never trademarked it. My business name is under an LLC. I want to know if I would get rejected from trademarking it even though I started using it before the others. Its trademarked 5x's and one person trademark the name for tshirts (like I want to), and then a travel service. Or should I just trademark it separately state to state instead of going through USPTO?

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Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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