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Old 03-19-2008, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default beer names...do we copyright them?

what is the general procedure for homebrewers who want to possibly copyright or secure their names of beers or even their brewery?....chances are most times nothing ever happens with the beer name, but sometimes you latch onto a name or phrase that you really don't want to lose. thanks.

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Old 03-19-2008, 04:52 PM   #2
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I think you mean trademark

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Old 03-19-2008, 04:55 PM   #3
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You can't just trademark a name just because you feel like it either. You have to have the ability and intent to market the product. If you're just a homebrewer, you have neither.

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Old 03-19-2008, 05:03 PM   #4
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so if I intended to 'market' the idea, with say t-shirts, even though the beer would never be sold, I would be able to trademark that logo or phrase.

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I'm not sure exactly how it works....all the people I know that have bought trademarks went through a lawyer because (from what they've told me) it's a pretty complicated thing. I don't think the trademark costs that much but the legal fees would.....

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Old 03-19-2008, 07:28 PM   #6
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Contact the US patent and Trademark Office at www.uspto.gov where you can search the trademarks in the data base is the first step.

Less expensive than lawyers Legalzoom.com

Less expensive still would be doing it yourself check out book on Trademark patents from Nolo Press amazon.com carries them

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You can't just trademark a name just because you feel like it either. You have to have the ability and intent to market the product. If you're just a homebrewer, you have neither.
sooo not true!!! anyone at anytime can submit for a trademark even if you have no intentions of ever producing a product. a LOT of people trademark (me included I hold 5 total at this time) and never intend to market there product but, intend to sell the trademark for profit (not me)
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also its a very painless process. you can do it online, It costs about 350.00 each and all you do is submit your trademark idea. it taks about a year to process at (least it has been taking that long for me). But you own the trademark the minute you submit IF... it comes back to you. its also known as "time of use"
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