Monday, January 4, 2010
Will Online Registration Services Steal My Trademark?
Dear Rich: I would like to register a trademark, but how can I be sure that someone from the site won't steal my business idea? Are online registration services trustworthy? Aside from Nolo's trademark registration service (Insert FTC Disclaimer here), we cannot attest to other online site's trustworthiness (although they would have difficulty staying in business if they ripped off customers). In any case, as helpful as these services may be, you can probably bypass them and file directly at the USPTO website without much hassle. The Dear Rich Staff believes that you can trust the USPTO (and if you have doubts about trusting government agencies, you're best off not going into business at all). Some other things to keep in mind: