As a foreigner, do I need trademark registration to sell products in the US?

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Written by Igor Demcak

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No, a trademark is not a trade license; you don't need one to operate in the US (or any other) market. A trademark is a legal tool protecting your brand identity from infringement.

Even though you don't need it to trade in a market, it is advisable to consider getting it for the following reasons:

  • If someone else starts to copy your brand name or logo, a trademark will give you legal grounds to fight back.
  • You might unknowingly infringe on someone else's already existing trademark. If that's the case, they might exercise their rights and ask you to stop your operations in the US.

If you decide to get a US trademark after all, remember that as a foreigner, you'll need to be represented by a US-licensed attorney.

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