Trademarks/Service Marks Overview
A person who uses a trademark or service mark in this state may file an application with the Kentucky Secretary of State for registration of such mark.
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.
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.
Conflicts over ownership of registered trademarks and service marks are not resolved by the Office of the Secretary of State.
||Kentucky Secretary of State's Trademark Database Search
To search the trademark database, click here.
For more information regarding trademarks and service marks, please review the options located on the left navigation bar.
Contact the Trademarks/Service Marks Branch:
- by phone at (502) 564-3490;
- by fax at (502) 564-5687;
- by Email; or
- by mailing your inquiry to: Office of the Secretary of State
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 158
Frankfort, KY 40601
The Office of the Secretary of State is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm EST.