Newnan, GA asked in Intellectual Property for Georgia

Q: Which class do I use and do I file trade or service -- or both?

I'm unclear which class to file under. I'm a coach/consultant operating an LLC under which I provide training, coaching, public speaking, and related services. I have developed an acronym-based goal-setting system, which I will be documenting in a series of books. As my LLC, I will be offering workshops and speaking engagements based on that system, which may include electronic and/or print handouts. I'll copyright the books. The actual conducting of training, etc, will run under my company name. What I want to register, to me personally, is the the system itself (imagine the SMART goal-setting system, which is NOT registered). I'll have to license use of the system from me to my company, of course. But do I register the system under 41 or 16 -- or both?

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A: You have posed many questions and described a complicated scenario. I suggest it would be worth your while to work with a business attorney who is also conversant with IP matters like copyright and trademarks so that you do not take steps which might conflict with one of your other goals.

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