Can I Register Different Versions of the Same Trademark?

Yes, many people mistakenly assume they can only apply to register one trademark, but you can apply to register many different versions of the same trademark – word marks, design marks, word plus design marks, sound marks, collective marks, certificate marks, trade names, trade dress, etc. The different versions of a trademark are called “related marks” or “family of marks”. For example, you may have different variations of a logo or different slogans that use the same brand name. The related trademarks must be used together, that means they should be used in a way that makes it clear that they are related and that they come from the same source.

Basically, whether you decide to register different types of trademarks will depends on what your trademark looks like, how you use it, and how many trademark applications you want to submit. You can file as many trademark applications as you want, but remember that each version of the trademark requires a separate application. You can’t apply to register multiple versions of the same trademark in one trademark application.

What Are The Trademark Rights Granted To A USPTO Trademark Registration?

  • A USPTO federal trademark registration on the Principal Register provides the following rights to the trademark owner:
  • Exclusive nationwide use of the trademark for the goods/services specified in the registration.
  • The right to use the ® symbol to indicate the trademark is registered with the USPTO.
  • The ability to bring a legal action for trademark infringement in federal court.
  • The right to recover profits, damages, and attorney’s fees in a trademark infringement lawsuit.
  • The right to register the trademark with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent importation of infringing goods.
  • The right to use the trademark as a basis for obtaining registrations in foreign countries.
  • Evidence of the validity and ownership of the trademark, which can be used in court.
  • Listing in the USPTO’s online database, providing constructive notice to others of the trademark’s existence.
  • Ability to record the trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to establish constructive notice of trademark rights.

Note: A federal trademark registration provides these rights only within the United States. Trademark protection may also be available under state law and common law.If you would like to apply for a USPTO trademark registration, our trademark attorneys can assist! Simply give one of our trademark attorneys a call or click on the “Contact” button, or the “Looking For Trademark Assistance” button and fill out our contact form. It takes less than a minute!

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