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Trademark and logo registration

How do I find out if an idea for a trademark or logo is available for registration? 
The short answer: Go to and search for your idea. There you can find out if someone has already registered an idea similar yours.

You can pursue the application on your own as well, but you may want to work with an intellectual property attorney (a.k.a., a patent attorney) to make sure it's done correctly. You should find that the cost of such professional services is not prohibitive. 
Brain Trust contributor: David J. Dawsey Intellectual Property Attorney Gallagher & Dawsey Co. LPA
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