What is a Trademark: A trademark is any type of design, words, or symbol that helps determine the origin of your products and help them become recognized in comparison with other companies.
What are some examples of Trademarks:
A business name
How to protect Trademark: Trademarks can be protected in numerous ways. Common law trademark protection can help protect marks that have never been registered. You can register your trademark with the USPTO, which protects it nationally, and you can register with the state for protection within the state.
How to obtain a Trademark: You can obtain a trademark by going to the USPTO website (https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-application-process/filing-online) and filling out a Trademark Application. There are different options once you are filling out your application: 1) after completing the application if you agree to only correspond online you only pay $225(TEAS Plus form) or 2) complete a regular application for $400.
How to license a Trademark: In many cases you will have people that want to use your trademark in other services or products. You (Licensor) can license a trademark by creating an agreement with others (Licensee) that want to use your trademark. You can contact your local attorney to assist with the legal documentation.
How long will a Trademark last after being registered: You will have to renew your trademark in 10 year periods, if it is a federal trademark. If it is a common law trademark, then it will last as long as you use it.
What is Angel Investor or Crowd funding: An angel investor is a professional individual who helps fund an encouraging endeavor and sometimes provides guidance for that venture to help ensure success. Crowd funding is a method used to raise funds for a project or cause. Crowd funding is normally performed socially online and people donate money in a short span of time, such as a few months.