The big question is: “do I need an attorney to get a registered trademark?”
The answer is: no. Unless you do.
Most applicants are not required to have a trademark attorney to represent them during the application process. There is no law or requirement forcing you to have an attorney help you with your trademark. You can do it pro se, or in other words: on your own without a lawyer.
Though there are a few situations where you do need a lawyer.
This primarily applies to applicants who are not domiciled in the U.S. As the result of a relatively recent change, the United States Patent and Trademark Office now requires any non-U.S.-domiciled applicants have legal representation from an attorney. The main reason for this is to prevent abuse of the trademark registration process. Being that in the U.S. there really isn’t much oversight for the trademark application process. For instance, if the applicant doesn’t live in the U.S. and they happen to do something wrong it’s nearly impossible for the federal government to do anything about it. As a result, this requirement is in place to help stop that from happening.
But even for those who are domiciled in the United States, having an attorney help you with the trademark registration process is still a really good idea.
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