How do i go about getting my Internet Company Domain/name officially registered?
I'm building a Business WebSite,My Domain Name (Hairstylist.com) is Valuable, I want to cover all Legal issue, protect and secure it officially ,,, What all has to be done to cover my back..(i.e. License, Copyrights, BBB set-up,To Incorporate or Not, A Logo, taxes, filing records & stuff like that... ?)
A new Biz in the USA ,help please...
Note: My Domain Registration is Private now, so I can't really see my Name on the "Who Is".com...(Which is suppose to be a Protection)...and my fears are due to my lack of internet business experience and knowledge or ignorance I need to be officially registered before starting...Also appox. cost would help ? / ?
- TM Express™Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
To protect a business name within your industry, you would apply for a trademark.
Trademarks can be names of products or services, logos, slogans, packaging and even sounds and smells. In essence, a trademark can be almost anything that is used to identify a particular product or service. Registering a trademark grants the owner exclusive rights to the mark within the specified industry.
Of course, it's necessary to research the mark comprehensively prior to filing to ensure that there is no possibility of infringing upon another party.
This entails searching the pending & registered Federal and State trademark files as well as the US National Common-Law files. Then, if clear, you can decide if you would like to file for a Federal or a State trademark.
To register a trademark, that's done either through your Secretary of State for a State trademark or the US Patent & Trademark Office for a Federal trademark.
If you are only conducting business in one state, then a State trademark is most appropriate. If you conduct (OR are planning to conduct) business in at least 2 states OR between the US & any other country, you can file for a Federal trademark.
Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!Source(s): http://biztaxlaw.about.com/od/research/a/Sec_of_st... -- Contacting your Secretary of State, a listing of links for all states http://www.uspto.gov/ – United States Patent & Trademark Office http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm -- USPTO's Main Trademark Page
- Anonymous1 decade ago
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