Rockin’ your trademark

If you’re a solo musical performer, a member of a band, or another type of musician or artist, you may want nationwide trademark protection for your name or your band's name.

As your music grows in popularity, so does your need to ensure consumers identify you as the source of your unique sound. One way to do that is by registering your name as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Federal trademark registration isn’t mandatory, but it provides nationwide benefits you can use to legally enforce your trademark rights against infringers.

Before you read further, make sure you want to register a trademark and not copyright your work. You can compare the differences between trademarks and copyrights.

If you want to register a trademark, you must first file an application. The key differences between the two initial application forms depend mainly on up-front legal requirements and cost.

You can also check out the Trademark Basics Registration Toolkit for an overview of the entire application and registration process.

Avoiding application pitfalls

Some of the application requirements can be confusing. You can avoid potential pitfalls by watching the below video and reading more about these requirements.


Other considerations

There are other things to consider throughout the application process.