A trademark or service mark may be registered with the Office of the Secretary of State provided the mark meets all the requirements of the South Carolina Trademark and Service Mark statute. Registration of a mark should be renewed every five years.
A mark must be in use prior to application for trademark or service mark registration. In the case of a trademark, the goods or products must be on sale in the marketplace in order for a mark to be eligible for trademark registration. For service marks, the registrant must be rendering services before registration with the Secretary of State. The South Carolina Secretary of State's Office registers trademarks and service marks only within the state. Nationwide trademark, copyright and patent information is available by calling the United States Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office at 1-800-786-9199.
The Secretary of State also investigates counterfeit marks and fraudulent use of registered trademarks. Please contact our office with any information or complaints concerning these matters.
To obtain a Trademark or Service Mark Application, follow the link below: