How to Get a Trademark In Your State

If you have a brand name or logo for your business, you may want to consider protecting it. As I've written about elsewhere, there are three basic ways to protect this kind of thing: common law protection, state trademark registration, or federal trademark registration. Federal trademark registration is the most expensive. 

For the entrepreneur/startup who isn't quite ready to plunk down a few thousand dollars on a federal trademark application, a state application is usually a lot cheaper and may serve your purposes for the short (or long term). If you plan on operating solely in your state, a state trademark will protect your brand or logo within your state's borders.

Each state has different application requirements. You can find links to your state's trademark information below.