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Searching for Trademarks

Important Note

The librarians and staff at Ottenheimer Library cannot provide legal advice related to your potential or existing trade or service marks.  It will be necessary to obtain advice from an attorney or agent specializing in trademarks. 

Agents and Attorneys

Although not required, most applicants use private trademark attorneys for legal advice regarding use of their trademark, filing an application, and the likelihood of success in the registration process, since not all applications proceed to registration.  

To locate an attorney, consult your local telephone listings, contact the attorney referral service of a state bar or local bar association, or investigate the Directory of Attorneys and Agents registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 

Agent - One who is not an attorney but is authorized to act for, or in place or, the applicant(s), before the USPTO.  The individual must be registered to practice before the USPTO.

Attorney - An individual who is a member in good standing of the Bar of any United States court or the highest court of any state and is registered to practice before the USPTO.