Application For Registration Of Trademark Or Service Mark
Application For Registration Of Trademark Or Service Mark Form. This is a Texas form and can be use in Trademark Secretary Of State.
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Form 901—General Information (Trade or Service Mark Application) The attached form is designed to meet minimal statutory filing requirements pursuant to the relevant code provisions. The form and the information provided are not substitutes for the advice and services of an attorney and tax specialist. General Information Trade and service marks are commonly referred to as brand names, logos or slogans. Trademarks are used to identify tangible goods. Service marks are used to identify services. The term “mark” is used to refer to both trademarks and service marks. Trade names not registrable. “Trade names” are terms used only to identify a business organization, rather than to distinguish the goods or services provided by the business. A company name may be viewed to be merely a trade name, instead of a mark, if it is advertised in such a way that it attracts little attention, is used in close proximity to an address or phone number, or is dominated by the presence of another mark. However, a company name may be registered if it is shown to function as a mark. Effect of registration. The registration of a mark with the Office of the Secretary of State creates a statewide priority of rights in the mark against any other person who subsequently adopts the same or a confusingly similar mark. Registration also provides “constructive notice” to all persons in the state of Texas of the priority of the registered mark and provides the owner with certain procedural advantages when the owner seeks judicial relief for infringement. For these reasons, it is beneficial for an owner of a mark who does business in Texas to register a mark with the secretary of state. Applicant should conduct a conflict check. Since identical or confusingly similar marks may not be registered by more than one person, a person planning to use or register a mark should take steps to determine whether others have priority of rights to that mark. Although checking the active registrations on file with the Secretary of State can be a useful step, the absence of a conflicting registration on file does not mean that no one else claims priority of rights in the mark. Requirements for Registration Mark Must Be In Use: Registration of marks in Texas is based on actual use of the mark in Texas commerce. For example, before an application can be submitted to the Office of the Secretary of State, the trademark must be used on a product sold or distributed in Texas, or the service mark must be used in association with services rendered in Texas (during advertising or sale). A proposed mark may not be “reserved” prior to its actual use in Texas commerce or before the submission of a properly completed and filed application. If an application is submitted prior to actual use, registration will be refused, and the processing fee submitted with the application will not be refunded. Mark Must Be Distinctive: Only distinctive words, names, symbols, devices, or logos are entitled to registration. A designation that is primarily a surname, or that is commonly used in describing the product or service, or that directly describes the qualities or characteristics of a product or service is not distinctive on first use and not entitled to registration. For example, the terms "Food & Beverage On-Line" would not be entitled to registration when used in association with "a news and information service for the food processing industry contained in a database" since such terms would be merely descriptive of such a service. However, sometimes a designation that is not inherently distinctive may acquire distinctiveness through at least five (5) years of continuous and substantially exclusive use. American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com Instructions for Application Item 1: The applicant should be the person who owns the mark and controls the use of the mark and the quality of the goods or services. If the applicant is an individual sole proprietor doing business under an assumed name (“d/b/a”), then provide the individual’s name, followed by the assumed name of the business. If the applicant is a general partnership or joint venture, then provide the names of all partners or members of the joint venture. If the applicant is an organized entity, such as a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership, then provide the legal name of the organized entity as shown in its formation document (e.g., ABC Business Company, Inc.) Item 2: Provide the business address of the applicant. (During the examination process, the Secretary of State will send correspondence regarding the application to the submitter address provided in the cover letter, envelope, or enclosed check.) Item 3: If the applicant named in Item 1 is a corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, or other business entity, identify the type of business organization and the state of incorporation or organization. Out-of-state applicants should also submit invoices or other material demonstrating the sale of goods or the rendition of services in Texas commerce. Item 4: Describe the mark exactly as it appears in the samples of use and drawing sheet accompanying the application. The description in Item 4, the drawing of the mark, and the samples of use provided must match. You can only seek to register one mark per application; a single application may not be used to register multiple variations or color combinations. Item 5: Describe clearly and concisely the goods or the services currently sold or provided by the applicant. Limit the description of goods or services to those goods or services under the same class heading. (See instructions for item 7.) Item 6: State how the mark is used or communicated to the consuming public, such as tags or labels attached to goods; or newspapers, brochures or signs advertising services. Two samples supporting the stated class and the methods described in Item 6 must be included. Appropriate Specimens (samples of use) Trademark applications: Acceptable specimens include actual labels or tags affixed to, or containers used with, the goods. A photograph of an actual display that appears in immediate proximity to the goods (“point-of-sale” display) is also an acceptable specimen. Brochures that advertise the product are not sufficient. Service mark applications: Acceptable specimens include actual materials used in selling or advertising the services, such as menus, newspaper advertisements, coupons and the like. To serve as specimens, advertising materials (including letterhead or business cards) must contain some understandable reference to the services described in the application. Item 7: State the number of the class in which the goods or services belong. Do not list more than one class. Texas law does not permit multiple class applications. If a mark is used in multiple classes, a separate and complete application is required for each class. Inclusion of more than one class in an application will result in the Secretary of State requesting amendment of the application. For assistance with classifying goods or services, see the chart on the next page or the Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual at www.uspto.gov. If you are unsure of the class, leave this item blank. Form 901 2 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com Goods Class 25: Clothing Class 26: Fancy Goods (e.g., buttons, ribbons) Class 27: Floor Coverings Class 28: Toys & Sporting Goods Class 29: Meats & Processed Foods Class 30: Staple Foods (e.g., coffee, sugar) Class 31: Natural Agricultural Products Class 32: Light Beverages Class 33: Wine & Spirits Class 34: Smokers’ Articles Class 1: Chemicals Class 2: Paints Class 3: Cosmetics & Cleaning Preparations Class 4. Lubricants & Fuels Class 5: Pharmaceuticals Class 6: Metal Goods Class 7: Machinery Class 8: Hand Tools Class 9: Electrical & Scientific Apparatus Class 10: Medical Apparatus Class 11: Environmental Control Apparatus Class 12: Vehicles Class 13: Firearms Class 14: Jewelry Class 15: Musical Instruments Class 16: Paper Goods & Printed Matter Class 17: Rubber Goods Class 18: Leather Goods Class 19: Non-metallic Building Materials Class 20: Furniture and articles not otherwise classified Class 21: Housewares & Glass Class 22: Cordage & Fibers Class 23: Yarns & Threads Class 24: Fabrics Services Class 35: Advertising & Business Class 36: Insurance & Financial Class 37: Building Construction & Repair Class 38: Telecommunications Class 39: Transportation & Storage Class 40: Treatment of Materials Class 41: Education & Entertainment Class 42: Computer, scientific and legal Class 43: Hotels and restaurants Class 44: Medical, beauty and agricultural Class 45: Personal Item 8: Accurately state the date on which the mark was first publicly used to identify the goods or services being marketed. Both dates of first use “Anywhere” and “in Texas” must be indicated on the application. (If the first use was in Texas, both dates will be the same). State the month, day and year for each date of first use, e.g., “11/30/1983.” It is insufficient to note the month and the year without the date, if the application is submitted within the same month. Execution and Delivery Instructions Completed Application: The application must be typed or clearly printed in black ink. Enclose two (2) copies of the application and drawing sheet and two (2) specimens of use. Signature: The applicant named in Item 1 must sign and date the application. The applicant's attorney of record may sign the application only with express authorization pursuant to a power of attorney; however, a copy of the power of attorney is not required to be part of the application. The application should not be executed before the first date of use of the mark. Prior to signing, carefully review the statements set forth in the application. A person commits an offense under Section 16.31, Business & Commerce Code, if the person signs a document that is forged or that the person knows is false in any material respect with the intent that the document be delivered to the secretary of state for filing. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor. In addition, an application or registration procured by fraud is subject to cancellation pursuant to Sections 16.16 and 16.28, Business & Commerce Code. Fee: The $50 application processing fee may be paid by personal check, money order, LegalEase debit card, cashier’s check, or American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit card. Checks or money orders must be payable through a U.S. bank or financial institution and made payable to the secretary of state. Fees paid by credit card are subject to a statutorily authorized Form 901 3 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com convenience fee of 2.7 percent of the total fees. The application processing fee is not refundable regardless of whether the mark is registered, denied registration or the application is abandoned. Delivery: Submit the completed application and drawing sheet in duplicate along with the processing fee and two samples of use. The application may be mailed to PO Box 13697, Austin, Texas 78711-3697; faxed to (512) 463-5709; or delivered to the James Earl Rudder Office Building, 1019 Brazos, Austin, Texas 78701. If a document is transmitted by fax, credit card information must accompany the transmission (Form 807). Examination Process An application for trade or service mark registration undergoes an examination process similar to the federal registration process. A “Trademark Examiner” reviews the application to ascertain whether the proposed mark proposed is registrable under Section 16.08, Business & Commerce Code. Texas law, federal statutory law (upon which the Texas trademark statute is based), federal case law, and examining procedures similar to those used by the United States Patent and Trademark Office are used by the Secretary of State to examine applications. The Examiner also compares the proposed mark with marks previously registered in Texas to determine whether the proposed mark will cause a likelihood of confusion for consumers with a state registered mark. During the course of the examination process, the Examiner may require the applicant to disclaim an unregistrable component of a mark that is otherwise registrable. The purpose of a disclaimer is to permit the registration of a mark that is registrable as a whole but contains matter that would not be registrable standing alone. A disclaimer amounts merely to a statement that, in so far as the particular registration is concerned, no rights are being asserted in the disclaimed component standing alone, but rights are asserted in the mark as a whole. Generally, components that are generic or descriptive of the goods or services would be disclaimed (e.g., an outline of the state, a geographic term of origin, or words that are commonly used to describe the goods or services). A disclaimer may be included in an original application or may be added by amendment. An applicant cannot disclaim all elements of the proposed mark. If the application for registration is approved, we will return a file stamped copy of the application for registration and attach a certificate of registration. Not all applications submitted to the Secretary of State are approved for registration. If an application is rejected, we will notify the submitter of the objections to registration. The applicant is given sixty (60) days within which to amend the application, to provide the information requested, or to respond to the denial. Failure to respond within the time specified will terminate the examination process and will result in abandonment of the application. Upon receipt of the applicant’s response, the examiner will reexamine the application. The examination procedures described may be repeated until the application is registered, finally denied, or abandoned by the applicant. The Trademark Examiners cannot provide legal advice with regard to trademark law applicable to a particular circumstance. Because trademark law is quite complex, the Secretary of State recommends that persons seeking to register a mark consult with a private attorney. Revised 11/11 Form 901 4 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com This space reserved for office use. Form 901 (Revised 11/11) Submit in duplicate to: Secretary of State PO Box 13697 Austin, TX 78711-3697 512 463-9760 FAX: 512 463-5709 Application Fee: $50 Application for Registration of a Trade or Service Mark 1. Applicant: 2. Business Address: Street or Mailing Address City State 3. Applicant is organized as a: Country Zip Code under the laws of e.g., for-profit corporation, limited partnership, etc. 4. Describe the mark shown on the attached drawing sheet. Include both words and drawing elements. 5. Describe the goods or services in connection with which the mark is being used. (Be specific.) 6. Describe the manner in which the mark is being used (labels, tags, etc. on goods OR brochures, newspaper advertisements, etc. for services). (Two samples must be attached.) 7. Class of goods or services: (Do not list more than one. See instructions for Item 7.) 8. Date mark first used by applicant in connection with the goods or services (complete both A and B): A. Anywhere: / / B. In Texas: / / (mm/dd/yyyy) (mm/dd/yyyy) 9. Applicant appoints the Secretary of State of Texas as its agent for service of process only in suits relating to the registration which may be issued if the applicant is or becomes a nonresident individual, partnership or association or a foreign corporation, limited partnership, or limited liability company without a certificate of authority to do business in this state or cannot be found in this state. Form 901 5 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com 10. Applicant is the owner of the mark and, to the best of Applicant’s knowledge, no other person is entitled to use the mark in this state in the identical form used by applicant, or in a form that is likely, when used in connection with the goods or services, to cause confusion or mistake, or to deceive, because of its resemblance to the mark used by the applicant. A drawing of the mark is enclosed. Two samples of use showing the mark described in item 4 and on the drawing sheet are enclosed (advertising, for service mark; or tags, labels, or product packaging, for trademark used with goods). Executed on this day of , . Signature of Applicant or Authorized Representative Printed or Typed Name and Title Form 901 6 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com TRADEMARK DRAWING SHEET Instructions: Draw the mark exactly as it appears in the samples of use accompanying the application and exactly as it is described in item 4 of the application. Do not include other words that are not part of the mark. If the mark consists only of a word, letter or numeral, or a combination thereof, and is not depicted in a special form, type or print the mark in capital letters on the drawing sheet. If the mark includes a design, draw the entire mark on the drawing sheet. Draw the entire mark in black, and if colors are claimed as part of the mark, label the colors on the drawing sheet. If desired, you may tape a drawing of the mark to this drawing sheet. Form 901 7 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com