How to Register a Trademark for Medical Supplies


If you’re starting a medical supply company, you’ll need to register a trademark to protect your name and brand. Trademarking offers legal protection for your company’s name, logo, slogan, or other identifying features. Since medical supply companies often sell products that are difficult to differentiate — like surgical masks and gowns — they can’t rely on packaging alone to distinguish their product from competitors’ offerings. That’s where trademarks come in handy!

Decide whether your Trademark is Already in Use.

The first step to registering a trademark is to make sure that no one else has already claimed the name. This can be done by searching the USPTO database, searching online, and asking friends or family if they know of anyone using the same name.

When checking with the USPTO database you’ll want to use both words in your phrase together, as well as any abbreviations or acronyms related to them (e.g., “in bed” versus “IBD”). If there are multiple trademarks registered under similar phrases and names within your field, it may be difficult for consumers to distinguish between products related but not identical—which could mean trouble later on when trying to enforce your rights against infringers.

Figure out What you’re Trademarking.

A trademark is an identifier for a good or service that distinguishes it from others. Trademarks can be used to identify specific qualities of your product and are useful in building brand recognition because they allow you to easily distinguish your company’s products from those of competitors. Trademarks also allow you to limit the use of the trademark by others and prevent them from passing off someone else’s goods as their own.

For example, if you own a business called “Bob’s Cookies,” you may want to register the name as a trademark so that nobody else can use it as such without permission (which could happen if you don’t register). By registering your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you will have legal ownership over it so no one else can use it without permission.

File a Notice of Intent.

Before you file for your trademark, you must publish a notice of intent in the Official Gazette. The notice states that you are claiming ownership over this brand and will be using it as a trademark. You need to submit this document before filing for the actual trademark application, which can cost up to $225 in fees.

The notice isn’t required by law, but it is recommended because it helps prevent potential conflicts with other businesses that may have similar names or logos that could confuse consumers into thinking they’re purchasing from you instead of someone else. It also gives potential investors an idea about how much money they might make if their product does well under its existing name – making sure everyone knows what’s at stake here!

Verify the Details of your Trademark Request.

The next step is to verify the details of your trademark request with the USPTO. This will ensure that you have selected the correct symbols, words, and colors for your mark. Make sure that:

  • Your company name is available for use as a trademark.
  • There are no other companies using the same or similar marks in different industries (i.e., one company may be selling medical supplies while another sells pet supplies).
  • Any proposed mark is not too similar to an existing registered mark owned by someone else (e.g., if there are already two companies with similar names but one sells jewelry while another offers interior design services).

Pay the fee for the application.

The fee for filing a trademark application is $225 per class. If you are filing more than one application, you will receive a discount on the total fees based on the number of classes and/or goods/services being applied for. The fee is paid online via credit or debit card. You may also pay with a check or money order payable to the “U.S Patent and Trademark Office.” Mail your check or money order along with Form 8916 (non-refundable processing fee) included in this guidebook to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Wait for your Confirmation Letter.

Once you have made sure that all the elements of your application are complete and correct, it is time to wait for your confirmation letter. This should arrive within a month of filing. When it comes, check over the details of your application carefully and make sure that everything is as it should be. If there are any problems with fees or forms, fix them immediately so they don’t delay registration further down the line.


It’s important that your medical supply company has a distinct name, and that you should be sure no one else uses it before you do. Trademarking your business name will help protect against competitors who might try to use the same or similar names, which can cause confusion among customers trying to find you.

When choosing a trademark, make sure it:

  • Is unique (no other business in your industry is using it)
  • Is not confusingly similar to another trademark (like if “Generic Supplies” used “Medical Supplies”)
  • Is not generic—for example, “Tylenol® Gel Capsules; Acetaminophen 500 mg” would be considered descriptive because the words are describing what they do (acetaminophen).


If you can take the time to get started with a trademark search and make sure your name is available for use before filing for it, you’ll save yourself the hassle of having to change it later on. If you have any questions about trademarks or how to protect your brand, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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