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Can I use my name as a trademark?

A person may trademark his/her full personal name, with the caveat being that they must first prove in their filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that the name is distinctive. That is, the USPTO must consider whether the name is unique enough to be considered distinct, or whether the name is so commonplace that there are too many instances of others with the same name. As a general rule, the USPTO is more likely to grant registration status to a name that is unusual or to one that has no similar equivalents already registered. Still, even if a person is unable to register his/her name as a trademark, they may freely utilize their name in the course of their business for ordinary business practices.

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Dr. Thomas R. (Terry) Williamson III is a Patent Attorney practicing in Atlanta, Georgia.

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1870 The Exchange, Suite 100 - Atlanta, Georgia 30339