If you want to trademark something, you should make sure you’ve got your trademark right, according to a new study.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released its “Patent Trends Report” last week, which analyzes the growth of the nation’s trademark registrations over the past decade.
According to the study, there were more than 1.4 million trademarks issued in 2010.
In 2010, there was a jump in the number of trademark registrations that applied for, but then dropped after 2011.
Since then, trademark applications have steadily increased, with more than 9,700,000 new applications filed in 2010 alone, according the report.
But, of course, the real story is the increase in the numbers of trademark applications and the decrease in the total number of registered trademarks.
If you want a good idea of how many trademarks you should be focusing on, consider these numbers: In 2010, the total value of all U. S. trademarks was $1.35 trillion, according a recent study from the consulting firm Ernst & Young.
And, the U.K. alone has more than 12 million registered trademarks, and it’s expected to have more than 17 million by 2020.
“If you look at the number that have been issued, that’s not even close to what they used to be in the past, and that’s why I think we need to look at that number,” said Marc J. DeFranco, a trademark lawyer in New York City and an author of the study.
The numbers are staggering.
The number of U.N. trademark registrations in the U and U.P.S.(U.S.) alone has jumped from 6,000 to nearly 16,000.
And, the number has almost tripled in the last decade to nearly 17,000 trademarks.
According to J. Craig Venter, an associate professor of marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the rise in trademark applications has a number of factors.
“There’s the market size, there’s the legal and regulatory environment, and there’s just the sheer number of things that are available,” he said.
There’s a real demand for trademarks that are not already on the market, which makes it easier for businesses to acquire them.
Plus, he added, it’s a good indicator of the popularity of a brand or an industry.
That being said, the study doesn’t offer an easy solution.
It doesn’t include the number and type of trademarks that should be registered and how often, nor does it look at whether those trademark applications are valid.
A trademark that is deemed to be valid may be eligible for additional registration or could be renewed for additional periods.
The study also doesn’t provide a list of the most common trademark applications in the country.
That could be helpful if you’re looking to trademark a specific brand or product.
It also doesn, however, provide a good guideline for what trademarks to be aware of when considering them.
“It’s very important that you keep in mind the fact that not all trademark applications will be valid, and the only thing that will be considered valid is the mark itself,” said J.C. McAfee, a senior trademark attorney at Foye & Schulte in New Jersey.
For example, if a trademark is deemed invalid because it doesn’t accurately describe the goods or services, it could be considered invalid for the purpose of trademark protection.
If you’re planning to trademark an item or product, it may be wise to look for a number that indicates whether the mark is likely to be used.
You may want to look up the brand name or other identifying information on the packaging of that item or the accompanying promotional materials.
“The most important thing to remember is that you need to be able to clearly identify the mark, the mark must be easily recognizable, and you should have the mark on a label,” said DeFranca.
“And it’s the mark that’s in the label, not the product itself.”
So, do you know which U.s. trademarks are being trademarked?
If so, do any of them match your interests?