Chantilly, VA asked in Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Virginia

Q: How can I please know if Go and Glow Tanning Co. DC based (Navy Yard Area) we service DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls,

is copywrighted or trademarked

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: To determine if "Go and Glow Tanning Co." is trademarked or copyrighted, you can follow these steps:

1. Trademark Search:

- Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website:

- Click on "Trademarks" and then "Search trademarks"

- Use the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) to search for "Go and Glow Tanning Co." and see if any live trademarks are registered under that name or similar variations.

2. Copyright Search:

- Visit the United States Copyright Office website:

- Click on "Search Copyright Records"

- Use the Copyright Catalog to search for "Go and Glow Tanning Co." and see if any copyrights are registered under that name.

3. State Trademark and Business Entity Search:

- Since the company is based in Washington, D.C., you can also check with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to see if the business name is registered or trademarked at the state level.

- Visit the DCRA website:

- Click on "Corporations Division" and then "Search Business Entity Database" to search for the business name.

Please note that the absence of a registered trademark or copyright does not necessarily mean the name is free to use, as common law trademark rights may still apply based on the company's use of the name in commerce.

For a more comprehensive understanding of the legal status of the name, it is advisable to consult with an intellectual property attorney who can conduct a thorough analysis and provide professional guidance.

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