TRADEMARK/SERVICE MARK REGISTRATION GUIDELINES
I. GENERAL INFORMATION Trademarks and Service Marks may be registered with the Florida Department of State pursuant to Chapter 495, Florida Statutes. Registration must be denied if a mark does not meet and comply with all of the requirements and provisions stipulated in Chapter 495, Florida Statutes. Marks are checked against other marks registered with this division and not against corporations, fictitious names or other entities. Rights to a name or mark are perfected by actual use in the ordinary pursuit of the specific endeavor; rights are not perfected by registration only, and the general rule of "FIRST IN USE, FIRST IN RIGHT" is applicable. Our agency registers trade and service marks on a state level. If you need information concerning the federal registration of trademarks, service marks or patents, please contact the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks in Washington, D. C. by calling 571-272-1000. If you need information concerning copyrights, contact the Copyright Office in Washington, D. C. by calling 202-707-3000. Although trade names are defined in Chapter 495, Florida Statutes, there is no provision for their registration. If you wish to register a mark pursuant to Chapter 495, Florida Statutes, please submit one original and one photocopy of the Trade or Service Mark Registration application completed in its entirety, three specimens and a check made payable to the Florida Department of State for the appropriate amount. The application must be typed or neatly handwritten, signed and notarized. The mark must be in use before it can be registered. If registering a trademark, the good(s) or product(s) must be on sale in the market place. If registering a service mark, you must be rendering the service(s) you are advertising. The mere advertising of future goods or services does not constitute use of a trade or service mark. II. FEES AND CLASSES The fee to register a mark is $87.50 per class. Please refer to section 495.111, Florida Statutes (attached), for a list of classes. A certificate of registration will be issued free of charge. Please make check payable to the Florida Department of State. Should you need additional information concerning these classes or your classification, please contact the Registration Section by calling (850) 245-6051. III. SPECIMENS (SAMPLES) You must submit three specimens (samples) showing how the mark is used. They may be originals or legible facsimiles (copies). If your mark is a trademark, we will need specimens that are affixed to the good(s) or product(s). Some acceptable trademark specimens are: labels, decals, tags, wrappers, boxes, and containers. If your mark is a service mark, we will need specimens which reflect the type of service(s) being provided. Some acceptable service mark specimens are: business cards, brochures, flyers, and newspaper advertisements. If your mark is both a trade and service mark, you must submit three appropriate trademark specimens and three appropriate service mark specimens. Do not submit camera-ready copies, letterhead stationery, envelopes, invoices or matchbooks as specimens. Photographs of bulky specimens are acceptable if the mark to be registered and the good(s) or product(s) are clearly legible. We will not accept any specimens that have been altered or defaced in any way.
IV. APPLICATION Part I. #1 - You must list the complete name and business address of the applicant. Please indicate if the applicant is an individual, a corporation, a limited partnership, a general partnership, etc. Enter the domicile state, Florida registration number and Federal Employer Identification number if the applicant is other than an individual. #2(a) - If a service mark, list the services the mark is used in connection with (i.e., restaurant services, real estate agency, insurance agency, etc.). #2(b) - If a trademark, list the goods/products the mark is used in connection with (i.e., window cleaner, furniture polish, ladies sportswear, etc.). #2(c) - List the specific way the mark is applied to the good(s) or used in advertising: If a trademark, tell how the mark is applied to the goods (i.e., label, decal, engraving, imprinting on the goods or products themselves, etc.). If a service mark, tell how the mark is used in advertising (i.e., brochures, business cards, newspaper advertisements, etc.). #2(d) - List the applicable class(es). Please refer to section 495.111, F.S., (attached) for a list of these classes. Part II #1(a) - Enter the date the mark was first used anywhere. #1(b) - Enter the date the mark was first used in Florida. Part III #1 - Enter the mark to be registered. If the mark includes a design, include a brief written description. If your mark is in another language, please provide this office with an English translation of your mark in this section. #2 - Disclaimer - Your mark may include a word or design that must be disclaimed. All geographical terms and representations of cities, states or countries must be disclaimed (i.e., Miami, Orlando, Florida, the design of the state of Florida, the design of the United States of America, etc.). Commonly used words, including corporate suffixes, must also be disclaimed. Signature Portion Complete the signature paragraph accordingly. Please note the applicant's signature must be notarized. V. TRADEMARK/SERVICE MARK SEARCH Due to the amount of time it takes to conduct a thorough search of the records, this office does not provide trademark/service mark searches over the telephone. However, you may submit a written request. The request must specify the exact mark to be used and the good(s) or service(s) the mark is to be used in connection with. Please direct all requests to the Trademark Registration Section, Division of Corporations, P. O. Box 6327, Tallahassee, FL 32314.
VI. PROCESSING TIME The application should be processed within two to five business days from the date of receipt. The processing time may be longer during our peak periods. All applications meeting the requirements of Chapter 495, F. S., on the initial examination will be filed as of the date of receipt. Applications received by courier are not handled on an expedited basis. VII. COURIER ADDRESS AND MAILING ADDRESS Mailing Address Registration Section Division of Corporations P.O. Box 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314 Street/Courier Address Registration Section Division of Corporations Clifton Building 2661 Executive Center Circle Tallahassee, FL 32301
Applications received via a courier service are not handled on an expedited basis.
VIII. QUESTIONS If you have any questions concerning the registration of a mark, please contact the Trademark Registration Section by calling (850)245-6051 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or writing to an address listed above.
(1) The following general classes of goods and services, conforming to the classification adopted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, are established for convenience of administration of this chapter: (a) Goods: 1. Class 1 Chemicals used in industry, science, and photography; agriculture, horticulture, and forestry; unprocessed artificial resins, unprocessed plastics; manures; fire extinguishing compositions; tempering and soldering preparations; chemical substances for preserving foodstuffs; tanning substances; and adhesives used in industry. 2. Class 2 Paints, varnishes, lacquers; preservatives against rust and against deterioration of wood; colorants; mordants; raw natural resins; and metals in foil and powder form for painters, decorators, printers, and artists. 3. Class 3 Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring, and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, and hair lotions; and dentifrices. 4. Class 4 Industrial oils and greases; lubricants; dust absorbing, wetting, and binding compositions; fuels (including motor spirit) and illuminants; and candles and wicks for lighting. 5. Class 5 Pharmaceuticals and veterinary preparations; sanitary preparations for medical purposes; dietetic substances adapted for medical use and food for babies; plasters and materials for dressings; material for stopping teeth and dental wax; disinfectants; preparations for destroying vermin; and fungicides and herbicides. 6. Class 6 Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials; transportable buildings of metal; materials of metal for railway tracks; nonelectric cables and wires of common metal; ironmongery and small items of metal hardware; pipes and tubes of metal; safes; goods of common metal not included in other classes; and ores. 7. Class 7 Machines and machine tools; motors and engines (except for land vehicles); machine coupling and transmission components (except for land vehicles); agricultural implements other than hand-operated; incubators for eggs. 8. Class 8 Hand tools and hand-operated implements; cutlery; side arms; and razors. 9. Class 9 Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signaling, checking (supervision), and life-saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, regulating, or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, transmission, or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers and recording discs; automatic vending machines and mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, and data processing equipment and computers; and fire-extinguishing apparatus. 10. Class 10 Surgical, medical, dental, and veterinary apparatus and instruments, artificial limbs, eyes, and teeth; orthopedic articles; and suture materials. 11. Class 11 Apparatus for lighting, heating, steam generating, cooking, refrigerating, drying, ventilating, water supply, and sanitary purposes. 12. Class 12 Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air, or water. 13. Class 13 Firearms; ammunition and projectiles; explosives; and fireworks. 14. Class 14 Precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith (not included in other classes); jewelry and precious stones; and horological and chronometric instruments. 15. Class 15 Musical instruments. 16. Class 16 Paper, cardboard, and goods made from these materials (not included in other classes); printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists'
materials; paint brushes; typewriters and office requisites (except furniture); instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes); printers' type; and printing blocks. 17. Class 17 Rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica, and goods made from these materials and not included in other classes; plastics in extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping, and insulating materials; and flexible pipes not of metal. 18. Class 18 Leather and imitations of leather and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes; animal skins and hides; trunks and traveling bags; umbrellas, parasols, and walking sticks; and whips, harness, and saddlery. 19. Class 19 Building materials (nonmetallic); nonmetallic rigid pipes for building; asphalt, pitch, and bitumen; nonmetallic transportable buildings; monuments, not of metal. 20. Class 20 Furniture, mirrors, and picture frames; goods (not included in other classes) of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother-of-pearl, and meerschaum and substitutes for all these materials, or of plastics. 21. Class 21 Household or kitchen utensils and containers (not of precious metal or coated therewith); combs and sponges; brushes (except paint brushes); brush-making materials; articles for cleaning purposes; steel wool; unworked or semiworked glass (except glass used in building); and glassware, porcelain, and earthenware not included in other classes. 22. Class 22 Ropes, string, nets, tents, awnings, tarpaulins, sails, sacks, and bags (not included in other classes); padding and stuffing materials (except of rubber or plastics); and raw fibrous textile materials. 23. Class 23 Yarns and threads for textile use. 24. Class 24 Textiles and textile goods not included in other classes and bed and table covers. 25. Class 25 Clothing, footwear, and headgear. 26. Class 26 Lace and embroidery, ribbons, and braid; buttons, hooks and eyes, pins, and needles; and artificial flowers. 27. Class 27 Carpets, rugs, mats and matting, linoleum, and other materials for covering existing floors; and wall hangings (nontextile). 28. Class 28 Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; and decorations for Christmas trees. 29. Class 29 Meat, fish, poultry, and game; meat extracts; preserved, dried, and cooked fruits and vegetables; jellies, jams, and compotes; eggs, milk, and milk products; and edible oils and fats. 30. Class 30 Coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, rice, tapioca, sago, and artificial coffee; flour and preparations made from cereals, bread, pastry and confectionery, and ices; honey and treacle; yeast, baking powder; salt, and mustard; vinegar and sauces (condiments); spices; and ice. 31. Class 31 Agricultural, horticultural, and forestry products and grains not included in other classes; live animals; fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds, natural plants, and flowers; foodstuffs for animals and malt. 32. Class 32 Beers; mineral and aerated waters and other nonalcoholic drinks; fruit drinks and fruit juices; and syrups and other preparations for making beverages. 33. Class 33 Alcoholic beverages except beers. 34. Class 34 Tobacco; smokers' articles; and matches.
(b) Services: 1. Class 35 Advertising; business management; business administration; and office functions. 2. Class 36 Insurance; financial affairs; monetary affairs; and real estate affairs. 3. Class 37 Building construction; repair; and installation services. 4. Class 38 Telecommunications. 5. Class 39 Transport; packaging and storage of goods; and travel arrangements. 6. Class 40 Treatment of materials. 7. Class 41 Education; providing of training; entertainment; and sporting and cultural activities. 8. Class 42 Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software; and legal services. 9. Class 43 Services for providing food and drink; and temporary accommodation. 10. Class 44 Medical services; veterinary services; hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals; and agriculture, horticulture, and forestry services. 11. Class 45 Personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals; and security services for the protection of property and individuals. (c) Certification and collective membership marks: 1. Class 200 Collective membership marks. 2. Class A Certification marks for goods. 3. Class B Certification marks for services. (d) The goods and services recited in collective trademark and collective service mark applications are assigned to the same classes that are appropriate for those goods and services in general. (2) The establishment of the classes of goods and services set forth in subsection (1) is not for the purpose of limiting or extending the rights of the applicant or registrant. A single application for registration of a mark may include any or all goods upon which, or services with which, the mark is actually being used comprised in one or more of the classes listed, but in the event that a single application includes goods or services in connection with which the mark is being used which fall within different classes of goods or services, a fee equaling the sum of the fees for registration in each class shall be payable.
TO: Registration Section Division of Corporations
SUBJECT: (Mark to be registered)
The enclosed Trademark/Service Mark Application, specimens and fee(s) are submitted for filing. Please return all correspondence concerning this matter to the following:
(Name of Person)
(City/State and Zip Code)
For further information concerning this matter, please call:
(Name of Person)
(Area Code & Daytime Telephone Number)
MAILING ADDRESS: Registration Section Division of Corporations P.O. Box 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314
STREET/COURIER ADDRESS: Registration Section Division of Corporations Clifton Building 2661 Executive Center Circle Tallahassee, FL 32301
(NOTE: The information contained in this cover letter will be included in the permanent record and will be available to the general public.)
APPLICATION FOR THE REGISTRATION OF A TRADEMARK OR SERVICE MARK
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 495, FLORIDA STATUTES TO: Division of Corporations Post Office Box 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314 PART I 1. OWNER/APPLICANT: Enter the name and address of the individual or the business entity to be listed as the owner of the Trademark and/or Service Mark on the records of the Florida Department of State. (a) Owner's/Applicant's name: (b) Owner's/Applicant's business address:
If different, Owner's/Applicant's mailing address:
(c) Owner's/Applicant's telephone number: (
) Limited Liability Company Other:
Check the appropriate box to indicate the Owner/Applicant is a(n): Individual Corporation Joint Venture General Partnership Limited Partnership Union
If the Owner/Applicant is a business entity, the business entity must have an active filing or registration on file with the Florida Department of State. If the Owner/Applicant is not an individual, enter the business entity's Florida registration/document number in #1, the state or country under the laws of which the business entity is currently formed, organized or incorporated under in #2, and the entity's federal employer identification number (EIN) in #3. (1) Florida registration/document number: (2) Domicile State or Country: (3) Federal Employer Identification Number: 2. (a) SERVICE MARK: If the owner/applicant is using the name, logo, design and/or slogan being registered in connection with a type of service, the mark is a service mark. If the mark is a service mark, the applicant/owner must list the specific service(s) the mark is being used in connection with. For example: furniture moving services, diaper services, house painting services, wholesale and retail sales of tractor equipment, etc. If the owner/applicant is using the mark to identify services available in the market place, enter the specific service(s) being rendered here: (Note: List only those services currently being rendered by the owner/applicant. Do not include future services.)
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2. (b) TRADEMARK: If the owner/applicant is using the name, logo, design and/or slogan being registered in connection with an actual product manufactured by the owner/applicant or on the owner/applicant's behalf, the mark is a trademark. If the mark is a trademark, the applicant/owner must list the specific product(s) the name, logo, design and/or slogan is being used to identify. For example: ladies sportswear, cat food, barbecue grills, shoe laces, etc. If the owner/applicant is using the name, logo, design and/or slogan to identify goods available in the market place, enter the specific product(s) the name, logo, design and/or slogan is being used to identify: (Note: List only those product(s) currently available. Do not include future products.)
2. (c) HOW IS THE NAME, LOGO, DESIGN AND/OR SLOGAN CURRENTLY USED: SERVICE MARKS: If the name, logo, design and/or slogan are/is being used in connection with a type of service, you must specify the form(s)/mean(s) of advertisement the applicant/owner is using to advertise the services to the general public. For example: newspaper advertisements, business cards, brochures, flyers, pamphlets, menus, etc. If the mark is being used in connection with a type of service, state how the name, logo, design and/or slogan are/is being used in advertising here:
TRADEMARKS: If the name, logo, design and/or slogan are/is being used to identify a product manufactured by or fore the applicant/owner, you must specify how the mark is applied or affixed to the actual product or its packaging. For example: a tag, label, imprinted or engraved on the actual product, etc. If the mark is being used in connection with a specific product, state how the name, logo, design and/or slogan is applied or affixed to the actual product(s) or the packaging:
2. (d) FEE(S) AND CLASS(ES): There are a total of 45 classes or categories in which all products or services must be categorized. The fee to register a mark is $87.50 per class. Make check payable to Florida Department of State. List the class(es) which apply to the product(s) and/or service(s) listed in 2(a) and/or 2(b) above:
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PART II 1. You must state the date the name, logo, design and/or slogan was first used in the state of Florida, and, if it was used in another state or country, the date you first used the name, logo, design and/or slogan in the other state or country. Enter the month, day, and year the name, logo, design and/or slogan was first used by the applicant/owner, the predecessor, or a related company in Florida. If the name, logo, design and/or slogan has been used in another state or country, then you must also enter the month, day, and year the name, logo, design and/or slogan was/were used in another state or country, when applicable. Note: The Florida Statutes require a mark to be in use prior to registration. (a) Date first used in other state or country, if applicable: (b) Date first used in Florida:
PART III ENTER NAME, LOGO, DESIGN AND/OR SLOGAN BEING REGISTERED: 1. Enter the name, a brief description of the logo or design, and/or the slogan you are registering. The description of the logo and/or design must be 25 words or less. List the exact name, slogan, and/or description of the logo/design here: (NOTE: The name, logo, design and/or slogan listed in this section must match the exact name, logo, design and/or slogan listed on your specimens or examples.)
Provide the English translation of any and all terms listed #1 above, when applicable:
2. DISCLAIMER STATEMENT (if applicable): Your mark may include a word or design that is commonly used by others. Commonly used terms or designs must be disclaimed. When you disclaim a specific term or design, you are acknowledging this term is commonly used by others and that you do not claim the exclusive right to use the disclaimed term or design. All geographical terms and representations of cities, states or countries must be disclaimed (i.e., Miami, Orlando, Florida, the design of the state of Florida, the design of the United States of America, etc.). Corporate suffixes and terms readily associated with the specific product(s) and/or(s) service being provided must also be disclaimed. Enter all terms listed in #1 above which require a disclaimer in the space provided below: NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE THE TERM(S)" " APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN.
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3. ATTACH OR INCLUDE THREE SPECIMENS OR EXAMPLES OF THE TRADEMARK OR SERVICE MARK BEING REGISTERED Chapter 495, F.S., requires you to submit three specimens (samples or examples) of the mark in use. You must submit three specimens FOR EACH CLASS listed in Part I #2(d). The name, logo, design and/or slogan on the specimens must be identical to the name, logo, design and/or slogan being registered. You may provide three identical specimens or three different specimens. For each service mark class (classes 35-45), you may provide three newspaper advertisements, business cards, brochures, flyers, or any combination thereof. For each trademark class (classes 1-34), you may provide three tags, labels, boxes, etc. or any combination thereof. Photographs of bulky specimens are acceptable if the mark being registered and the good(s) or product(s) are clearly legible.
SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT/OWNER AND NOTARIZATION:
I, , being sworn, depose and say that I am the owner and the applicant herein, or that I am authorized to sign on behalf of the owner and applicant herein, and to the best of my knowledge no other person except a related company has registered this mark in this state or has the right to use such mark in Florida either in the identical form thereof or in such near resemblance as to be likely, when applied to the goods or services of such other person to cause confusion, to cause mistake or to deceive. I make this affidavit and verification on my/the applicant's behalf. I further acknowledge that I have read the application and know the contents thereof and that the facts stated herein are true and correct. Typed or printed name of applicant
Applicant's signature (List name and title)
STATE OF COUNTY OF day of On this appeared before me, who is personally known to me , , personally
whose identity I proved on the basis of .
Notary Public Signature
Notary's Printed Name
My Commission Expires: FILING FEE: $87.50 per class Page 4 of 4