In this video, Richard Stim explains the basics of filing a podcast trademark application online with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The video also explains the reasons why federal trademark registration may not be right for some podcasters, how to search trademarks, and how to obtain assistance for filing.
- [Voiceover] Trademark registration.…In a previous video I talked about choosing…a name that could function as a trademark.…In this video I'll discuss how to register that trademark.…Why do the owners of many popular podcasts…apply for federal trademark registration?…Because it creates a legal presumption…that they are the owners of the name,…a big advantage in the event of a dispute,…and it gives them exclusive rights…to the name for podcasting purposes.…It also gives them the right to put…an R in a circle after the name.…
On the other hand, there are reasons why federal…registration may not be right for you, at least not now.…It can be expensive.…The filing fees range from $225 to $325 if filing online.…It can be a hassle.…Some people find the application process confusing,…and it can be unpredictable.…Between 40 to 50% of applications…never achieve registration.…Keep in mind as well that if your application is rejected,…you forfeit your application fee.…
So if someone has already registered a similar name…for podcasts or blogs, or your podcast name…
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- Choosing the right name for your podcast
- Using music and interviews in a podcast
- Understanding government regulations
- Responding to complaints
- Generating podcast income
- Registering podcast trademarks and copyrights