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Do-it-yourself IP registration

Can I do my own filing to register and protect the intellectual property I've developed? 
You can do some of the registration process yourself, especially in the area of research, to determine if anyone else has already registered an idea like yours. As you move forward with actual registration work, talk with an IP attorney to establish what tasks you can do and what should be done by a professional, and to ensure compliance with all legal requirements.

When you file electronically using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) you may save on government charges for registration. 
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