How to Register a Trademark for Household Utensils


Owning a registered trademark adds value to your products and services, but it costs money to register a trademark. If you want to protect the design or shape of your Household Utensils, this guide will help you through the process of registering for a trademark.

Understanding Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents.

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies the source of goods or services. It may be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or an individual State agency. The federal registration provides nationwide protection for your Household Utensils’ design and shape (the actual products).

A copyright protects original works from being copied without permission from the creator of that work. The owner of a copyright has exclusive rights to reproduce his/her work any way he/she chooses, including in articles about his/her product(s), advertising materials for their product(s), etc. In order to obtain this right one must register their creations with the U.S Copyright Office.

A patent protects inventions such as new machines in return for disclosing how they work so others can build on them.

What can be Registered as a Trademark.

You can register any image, word, sound, or even color as a trademark if it:

  • identifies the source of your goods/services;
  • distinguishes those goods/services from other traders’;
  • does not fall within the categories of exceptions (this is explained below).

If you want to register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it must be something that is:

  • Distinctive – if someone else has used it before;
  • Distinguishable – whether visually or verbally; and
  • Remarkable enough that people will remember it easily

How to Register a Trademark.

The USPTO requires trademark applicants to submit one or more specimens of each mark they seek to register with their application. For example, if you’re registering a wordmark (like “T-SHIRT”), then you’ll need at least one example of your mark being used on its own in text, such as “T-SHIRT,” or two examples where the T is part of a larger phrase or name (such as “HAT T-SHIRT”). If your mark includes words and/or designs together (like a logo), then you’ll need multiple versions of that image as well. These specimens are proof that consumers associate your use with a particular product or service and that no other entity has registered another version using similar marks related to your goods/services.

Costs for Registration.

Typically when registering for trademarks through the USPTO online system, it costs between $325-$375 per class for up to three classes per filing; however, this can increase depending on whether there are any extras added to this cost such as expedited processing times ($1,000+), international protection ($1K+), etc., so keep those additional fees in mind if planning on taking advantage of these options! Another important thing worth noting about the fee structure is that you don’t pay anything until after approval has been given; which means no upfront fees are required before seeing if everything checks out legally speaking.

What happens after Applying.

After the USPTO receives your application, it will perform an examination of the application to ensure that it is complete and meets all legal requirements. If there are any deficiencies, the USPTO will send you a letter describing them. You will then have a limited amount of time (usually about six months) to respond by either correcting or explaining why you cannot correct those issues. After this initial review period, hopefully, everything has been cleared up and your trademark application moves forward toward registration!

If everything goes smoothly with your trademark application process, you can expect to receive one of two responses: either a confirmation that they have approved your mark or an official “Notice of Allowance.” The other basically means that they believe there’s no reason why they shouldn’t allow your mark but don’t want to officially register it just yet; generally speaking, though this means things are good! This process usually takes around four months from start to finish so if nothing new comes up for several months then chances are something went wrong somewhere along the line… In which case we recommend consulting with us before continuing down this path alone!

What you can Register.

Before you book an appointment, it’s important to make sure that you understand what you can register. A trademark is a word, phrase, logo or design that identifies your brand and distinguishes you from other businesses. You can only register trademarks relating to the following:

  • Your brand name
  • Your logo
  • The slogan of your business

Can I use my application number as a trademark?

Yes, you can use the application number as a trademark. The same goes for your registration number and registration certificate number. If it’s been approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, you can use it to show that your product is officially trademarked by the U.S. government (and therefore protected).


Registering a trademark is a great way to protect your brand and ensure that nobody steals it. You can apply for a trademark by filling in an application form. Once you have registered your trademark, it is valid for 10 years in most cases. However, there are some important things you should know before applying for any trademarks: do not use any other person’s name or words as part of your product name (unless they agree). In addition, make sure that the shape or design of your product doesn’t copy someone else’s mark either!

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