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Trademarks


Online filing normally takes less than 1 business day. Please allow 7-10 business days for the processing of any filings received by mail. Online registration is the preferred method. There is no extra fee for online registration.

 

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For a complete list of reasons that we may decline to register your trademark, please review our Trademark Suitability Standards.

Trademarks vs. Trade Names

A trademark is any word, phrase, symbol, or design, or combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the goods of one party from those of others.

A Trade Name is a business name that an individual or business entity does business as.  If your are seeking to register a business name, please visit our business registration pages.

Trademarks vs. Service Marks

Although the term trademark is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks, the two marks serve different purposes. A trademark is used to identify goods made or sold.

A service mark is used to identify services rendered. Vermont does not register service marks. Under Vermont law (9 V.S.A. Ch. 71) a trademark can only be registered to represent goods.

The proprietary name of a rendered service may be protected by registering the name as a trade name (DBA).

State vs. Federal Trademarks

Trademarks can be registered at both the state and federal level. Federal trademark law may preempt Vermont’s own law on trademarks in many cases; nevertheless, many legal experts believe that state registration of trademarks will serve to establish the date on which the mark’s use began more efficiently than other methods.

For more information regarding state vs. federal trademark registration, please visit www.inta.org.

Use of Symbols

The symbols  for trademark, and  for service mark, may be used to indicate that the owner claims rights to a mark, regardless of whether the mark is registered at the state or the federal level.

The use of the  or  designations only serve to inform the public that a word, logo, slogan, design, etc., is being used as a mark and reflects the owner’s intent to claim trademark rights in the mark. However, the use of these symbols themselves does not guarantee that the owner’s mark will be protected under trademark laws.

The owner of a federal or foreign national trademark registration may use the ® symbol. A state trademark registration does not confer the right to use the ® symbol.

For more information regarding the use of symbols, please visit www.inta.org.



Contact Information

Corporations & Business Services

Marlene Betit, Director

128 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05633

802-828-2386

888-647-4582

Service by Phone

7:45 AM to 4:30 PM

Monday - Friday (except holidays)

802-828-2386

888-647-4582 (toll free)

Walk-in Service

7:45 AM to 4:30 PM

Monday - Friday (except holidays)

128 State Street, Montpelier

Mailing Address

Vermont Secretary of State

Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05633-1104

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