Can I Trademark My Name?
There is no problem in trying to trademark your name. You just have to be careful that you are abiding by the rules of trademark law. Trademark law is class-specific – you can only protect a trademark in the industry of goods and services you provide. Whether large or small in scope, a trademark is limited to what business you actually conduct. Most importantly, you need to actually be using your name in the trademark sense: as a brand to sell your goods and services.
Can Trademark Just My Last Name?
You cannot get protection for a trademark for “merely primarily a surname.” If you only use your last name, e.g. “Smith’s Hand Soap,”, then that’s not proper trademark subject matter. It’s got to be more than just a surname in order to avoid a surname rejection.
Learn More About Trademark Law
If you are applying for a trademark, make sure to do it the right way with the legal team at Daniel Ross & Associates. To schedule a free consultation, please call (216) 307-5590, or get in touch using our online intake form.
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