Q: How do I go about patenting my last name (Blunt)and if I do should I retain a attorney
A: Names are not patentable or copyrightable. In most cases, not trademarkable either. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local intellectual property attorney to review with you.
Generally, a mark that is primarily a surname
would not qualify for (principal register) registration until it has acquired secondary meaning (the name has become well known due to advertising, many years of use, etc). Consult with a trademark attorney for more information on this topic.
A: First, you should identify which type of goods/services are being used in connection with the name. You'll also need to use the name for offering and sale of said goods/services across state lines on a continuous basis. Next, you'll probably need to amend to the Supplemental Register, although we would attempt registration first on the Principal Register. And finally, I would strongly recommend applying under an entity name rather than as an individual in this case. Please feel free to call or text if you have any other questions.
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