If you have ever seen the trademark symbol (™), the registered trademark symbol (®), or the service mark symbol (℠), you might be wondering what they are used for, who is allowed to use them, and where they should appear. These symbols serve to identify the source of goods or services and bring additional benefits to the brand bearing it.
There are two fees involved to trademark a business name. The first one is for filing a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), starting at $225. The second fee is paid to a company or attorney who helps you prepare and submit your trademark registration application, ranging from $199 to $2000.
Patenting a simple and straightforward invention could cost an applicant $5,000 to $7,000, with more complex designs costing more than $15,000. The average cost to patent a regular invention is $8,500. The simpler your invention, the less you will have to pay. A majority of the cost of patenting an invention goes to the attorney preparing your application.
Basics A limited liability company (LLC) is an entity formed under a state LLC statute that combines the organizational and operational features of a partnership with the liability limitation feature of a corporation. All states permit the creation of LLCs with one member as well as LLCs with multiple members. An LLC may be formed […]
So you’ve decided to incorporate, time to pick the right state. Where exactly a new business decides to incorporate can impact the business in a variety of ways. The taxation, cost and corporate laws vary from state to state, making some states advantageous for certain small business owners. The Basics Incorporating your business in […]