Trademarks and Service Marks

​A trademark is any word, name, symbol or device adopted and used by a person to identify his goods and distinguish them from those of others. Trademark status may also be granted to distinctive and unique packaging, color combinations, building designs, product styles and overall presentations.

A service mark is a mark used by a person in the sale or advertising of his services to identify his services and distinguish them from the services of others. Service marks receive the same legal protection as trademarks but are meant to distinguish services rather than products.

A person who uses a trademark or service mark in this state may file an application with the Secretary of State to register that mark. Trademarks and service marks are effective for five years and may be renewed within six months prior to the expiration date. Registrants are notified of pending expiration at least six months prior to the expiration date.

The Secretary of State's office maintains a searchable database of trademarks and service marks registered in this state.

The Secretary of State's office does not resolve conflicts over ownership of registered trademarks and service marks.

You can find on this website the forms, fees and Kentucky laws associated with trademarks and service marks. For additional information, please consult the frequently asked questions or contact the trademarks/service marks division:

  • phone: (502) 564-3490
  • fax: (502) 564-5687
  • email
  • mail: Office of the Secretary of State
                 Trademarks/Service Marks
                 700 Capital Ave., Ste. 158
                 Frankfort, KY 40601

The office of the Secretary of State is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

Patents and Copyrights

For information regarding patents and copyrights, which are governed exclusively by federal law, please visit the United State Patent and Trademark Office.