When filing a trademark, clients ask me, their Denver Small Business Lawyer, whether they should file a state or a federal trademark. To answer this question requires a two-prong test. First, I ask clients whether they plan to only use the trademark in Colorado or whether they are going to use it in other states also. Second, I ask clients if they plan on doing any online sales as this can easily cross state lines even if they don’t plan to physically open stores or offices in other states. If a client answers yes to wanting to use the trademark in another state or plans to sell online, then I lean towards a federal trademark; although, there are many other factors that may change this on a case-by-case basis so talk to your attorney to see if this is the right for you.

Second, I ask clients if they have the funds to secure a federal trademark. Federal trademarks are both more expensive and time consuming than state trademarks. If the chances are slim that they are going to use the trademark in other states and their funds are limited, this may be the deciding factor; although, again, talk to your attorney.

State trademarks are great if you are only going to use the mark in Colorado. However, federal trademarks protect you throughout the US. State trademarks are cheap and quick. However, federal trademarks are easier to enforce and allow for multiple claims if infringement occurs. Therefore, it is always best to talk to a professional prior to filing to see what you should do! As always, you can call me, your Denver Business Lawyer, at 720-258-6647, email me, or click on the right to Book an Appointment now!