How to Register a Trademark for Computer Equipment


Whether you’re launching a startup or just trying to protect your name, trademarking is an important part of the business. A trademark protects the name of a product or service from the use by others and helps build brand recognition. In order to qualify for federal registration, your trademark must be unique and not likely to cause confusion with other marks on record. The USPTO sets specific rules about what makes a mark eligible for protection; we’ll cover details on this later in this guide.

Select the Appropriate Type of Trademark Application

When you have decided on the appropriate type of trademark application and you are ready to proceed with filing your trademark application, it is important to gather all relevant information.

The first step in registering a trademark is selecting the appropriate type of trademark application. The types of trademark applications are:

  • Application for Trademark Registration (Section 1) TM ApplicationUse this application if you are using your mark in commerce. This means that consumers know about it and purchase goods or services because of it. It’s also known as an intent-to-use (ITU) application because no goods or services have been provided yet. You submit this form to obtain a filing date so that if anyone else tries to file a similar mark at the same time as yours, yours will be registered first—and vice versa if someone else files after yours.
  • Application for Trademark Registration (Section 2) TM ApplicationUse this application if your mark is not yet being used in commerce but has been previously used in commerce with respect only to international goods/services. This form may also be used when registering marks that have been registered abroad.

Fill out the Trademark Application Form

The first step in registering your trademark is to fill out the online application. You will need to provide information about your company and its products as well as any other relevant details, such as the name of your mark, what it looks like, and where you want to use it.

The next step is making sure that you have the right type of trademark for what you are trying to do. If you are selling computer equipment directly to consumers, then a standard trademark will work fine for most purposes. However, if you plan on selling directly only within certain regions or countries then regional trademarks may be more appropriate for these situations.

Please note: if there is already an existing registration for this mark in another country that has been filed by someone else with similar goods/services as yours then this could cause problems later on down the road when registering again so we recommend contacting us before starting any application process so we can give advice based on our experience with similar applications before they were submitted

Use the Proper Trademark Format on your Trademark Form

Before filing your trademark, make sure it is in the proper format for your specific application. For example, if you are applying for an IT mark for computers and computer parts, then use this format: IT. IT means “information technology.”

If you are applying for a Service Mark (SM), then use this format: SM. The SM stands for “service mark.”

If you are registering a trademark that doesn’t fall into either of the above categories (such as an arbitrary or fanciful word), then use this format: TM. The TM stands for “trademark.”

Comply with USPTO Requirements

Before you can register a trademark for your computer equipment, you must comply with the USPTO’s requirements. These include:

  • Using correct language. When you file a trademark application, you must use proper legal language. You need to be very clear about what it is that you want to register as a trademark and describe it accurately in your application.
  • Using the correct format. You also need to follow a specific format when filling out your application by using the right forms and following the instructions carefully so that everything is done correctly.
  • Filing an acceptable type of trademark application (i.e., based on use or intent to use). If you intend to sell computers under this name in the future, then an “intent-to-use” basis applies; however if no plans exist for selling them yet but there are plans in place for developing them, then “use” would apply instead

Pay the Filing and other USPTO Fees

There are a number of fees associated with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including:

  • Filing fees, apply to each class of goods and services when you file your trademark application. The filing fee is $225 for up to three classes of goods or services, then an additional $100 per class after that. For example, if you’re registering your trademark for Computers Equipment in Class 9 (services) and Class 38 (Computer Software), the filing fee would be $300 total ($225 for Classes 9 and 38, plus $75 for a total of four classes).
  • Additional fees apply if you want to publish the mark in a USPTO publication called the Official Gazette before it becomes available in the federal trademark database; these publications only offer limited protection against others who might try to register similar marks or use them commercially without permission from the person who filed first. There’s no fee if this option isn’t chosen; however, it does provide some useful information about what other companies have already registered trademarks along similar lines so that yours can avoid any potential conflicts down the road!

There are also administrative fees associated with certain kinds of usage such as renewals every 10 years after registration takes place/payment made on time without fail – as well as registration itself – which usually occurs within six months following the initial application submission date but could take longer depending on several factors like how busy they get during certain periods throughout the year (e

Wait for Approval.

If you’re filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, your application will be subject to a waiting period. The USPTO publishes average processing times for different types of applications on its website. If you have a standard application, it can take anywhere from three months to over a year for approval (but don’t worry—you can check the status of your application online).

If you need an update on the progress of your trademark filing, contact the Trademark Assistance Center by phone or email.

Protecting a Name is as Important as Choosing it.

Trademarking a name is as important as choosing it. It’s not something to be taken lightly, and there are many considerations when choosing whether or not to trademark your business name. First, you need to consider the value of your brand. If you don’t see any potential for growth in your brand, then there may be no point in registering it as a trademarked entity—it can only hurt you if someone else uses your company name and starts infringing on your intellectual property rights (IPR).

If you do see an opportunity for expansion or development with this particular business idea, however, then protecting yourself through trademark registration might make sense. This is because trademarks are used to protect consumers from confusion about who owns what—and if someone else has already registered an identical mark with identical goods/services attached to it, that could cause consumers confusion over who has rights over those products/services. In addition, once a mark has been federally registered with the U.S Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), anyone using “the same or confusingly similar” marks could face legal action against them under federal law!


Protecting a name is as important as choosing it. The process to register a trademark can be tedious and time-consuming, but it’s worth the effort if you want to ensure that your brand is yours alone.

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