Patents and Trademarks

What is a Trademark?


  • A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.
  • A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The terms trademark and mark refer to both trademarks and service marks.
  • Federal trademarks are valid in all 50 states. In addition, each state issues its own trademarks. State trademarks are superseded by federal trademarks. If a trademark is used (or intended to be used in interstate commerce or in commerce between the U.S. and a foreign country, it may be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 


Federal Trademark Databases

Florida Trademark Information