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10 Commandments of Choosing a Georgia Trademark

When filing a Georgia Trademark Application, you can avoid problems by obeying the following rules found in Georgia law at O.C.G.A. Section 10-1-441 that govern the eligibility for trademark registration in Georgia.

Georgia trademark

  1. Do not be immoral, deceptive or scandalous.
  2. Do not mock or falsely connect yourself to others.
  3. Do not use the flag or logo of a governmental entity, unless you are the government.
  4. Do not use the name, signature, or portrait of a living individual without their permission.
  5. Do not choose a trademark that is merely descriptive of your goods or services.
  6. Do not choose a trademark that is deceptive and misdescriptive of your product or service.
  7. Do not choose a trademark that is mainly geographically descriptive.
  8. Do not choose a trademark that is merely a surname.
  9. Do not choose a trademark that is likely to cause confusion with someone else’s Georgia trademark.
  10. Do not choose a trademark that is likely to cause confusion with another’s registered Federal trademark.

For a state trademark application, choose a trademark or service mark that is fanciful or suggestive, has been cleared through a comprehensive trademark search and will easily distinguish your goods or services from others.

For more information about selecting a great state or federal trademark, see our related article: Choosing a Good Trademark.

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