With the way that the country’s economy has been, more and more people are going into business for themselves. Taking on the role of a business owner comes with an abundance of responsibilities, as well as processes that prove to be beneficial for you and your business.
One of these processes is registering a trademark for your specific business. This is a very important step that any new (or old) business owner needs to take in order to properly protect your particular company’s unique look, whether it’s in the form of a phrase, name, logo, symbol or word. This is what makes your company stand out, and you should take the necessary steps to protect it.
If you do not register a trademark, there are many negative consequences that could occur. You could lose the unique image that your company is based upon. A competitor could adopt a very similar name, logo or symbol so that it’s almost impossible to tell your two companies apart. The worst thing is that if your competitor has their trademarks registered, then you could lose yours-it doesn’t matter if you came up with the initial trademark or not! In addition, you could have to pay fees to your competitor for trademark infringement!
All of this could possibly lead to you having to completely redesign your company’s name or create a new unique symbol, logo or phrase for your customers to associate with your particular business. Just imagine how much money and time you will spend trying to take on a new trademark when you could have saved all of this worry by simply registering your trademark! And think about how frustrating it will be to have to keep your current customers with a completely different look or trademark.
By taking the steps to register your business’ trademark, you are protecting your business’ (and your own) welfare in several different ways. Your trademark will be protected across the nation by federal registration. When you look at what could happen if you do not register your trademark, the choice is easy.
You have worked hard to ensure your company’s success and to build your customer base. Your success, undoubtedly, has something to do with your specific and unique trademark. Neglecting to register your trademark has a wide range of negative effects, while registering your trademark has only positive consequences. Make the decision that’s best for your business and your needs as a business owner.