Before you apply for a state or federal trademark, it is wise to conduct a trademark search to see if the name and logo you want to protect are available. Please see the "Trademark Searching" tab for more information.
A federally registered trademark will provide protection for all of the U.S., so if you are applying for a federal trademark, you don't need to apply for a state trademark, too. Federal trademarks should be renewed every 10 years if the mark is still being used in commerce. State trademarks should be renewed every 5 years.
If you need help in learning how to conduct a trademark search, connecting to legal assistance, or would like to learn more about the online trademark application process, please feel free to schedule an appointment with Sara Butts (see profile box on the left).
If you are applying for a federal trademark registration, choose the TEAS application that is best for you, review the helpful training videos, and apply online. Paper applications are available through the Trademark Assistance Center and are going to be more expensive, but that is also an option.
If you want to apply for a Kansas trademark, visit the Kansas Secretary of State website and select the TSA form - Trademark / Service Mark Application. You will need to print the application, fill it out, and mail it in with the enclosed fee. If you are applying for a federal trademark, you would not need a state trademark also.