trademark OK, I’m guessing you might not be as excited about this as I am, but I still had to share the news. We now have a registered trademark! You’ll notice the change as everything is updated to The Favor Stylist® at our site and on our print materials in the coming days. Very exciting!

I share this not only because I want to celebrate after 7 months of waiting (yippee!), but it also occurs to me that you might have questions about this process. I don’t mean just trademarks, either…maybe you need to understand more about copyright for some creative project you’re doing? Or you could be working on something that needs a patent. It’s important to be serious about your intellectual property and take steps to protect it.

If you’re like me and your eyes cross even trying to read legal documents, you’ll definitely need help to understand your options. I highly recommend Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. Attorney Evans is a patent, trademark, and copyright lawyer who was recommended to me by my colleagues in the Indie Business Network. Attorney Evans worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), so her advice is based on past experience as a trademark examining attorney and patent examiner.

Even if you should decide to file on your own (as many do), you will never regret scheduling a private consultation with Attorney Evans. This is how I started the process, and she provided an incredible amount of information in just that hour. While I originally planned to file on my own, I ultimately decided to retain her firm to file my trademark, and I’m so glad I did. It’s been such a simple, painless process for me, guided by her knowledge and experience. Find out more about The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC.

Did you know that you can do an online search of the USPTO database? It’s a good place to start if you’ve considered filing to register a trademark.

Do you have a patent or trademark? Did you file on your own or did you have help? You can tell me the truth: is it weird that I’m so excited about having a registered trademark?