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Information on understanding what a trademark is and what a copyright covers.


Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)

  • Provides access to more than 4 million pending, registered, and dead federal trademarks
  • This is the same file the trademark examiners use and it allows very complex searches
  • You can display logos (images) and search for them using design search codes

Information found on this page was obtained from Mr. Jim Miller's LibGuide, Engineering & Physical Sciences, University of Maryland,



See the following at Florida Department of State--Division of Corporations to file an application:


World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 187 member states.

Our mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

The Madrid System, also known as the International Trademark System, is how one registers and manages trademarks worldwide.  Through a single application and one set of fees, apply for protection in up to 116 countries