willtell - 1:57 am on Feb 12, 2001 (gmt 0)
I recently did what you you are asking about and here's what I fond out. Get a patent and/or trademark attorney to do Thomson & Thomson search. This the most compresensive search you can do and usually cost about $450 US dollars. This still does not mean you have full rights to a trademark. There could be one in the pipeline or pending and you will not know until you pay to have yours processed. You can go to the US Patent and Trademark web site and fill out the forms, pay the $325 per class fee and take your chances. But be warned there are many tricky items that you will not know. For instance, if you don't put the tradename in all caps you are only registering that exact pattern you type in. This is why it is sometimes worth the money to have an attorney do it. They can save you lots of headaches but at the same time, I have been ripped off by them. They have of way of running up bills that can border on the ludicrous. Hope this helps.