How To Claim Your Trademark As A Username On Facebook

Posted by Randy Michels on Jan 25, 2016 11:24:45 AM

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So you've picked out a name for your start-up. You've done a trademark search, and the name appears to be registrable. In addition to filing a federal trademark application, it's important to register your company name as a username on social networking sites like Facebook.

Facebook is the world's largest social network, which makes it a platform you can't ignore. Facebook Business pages offer companies an easy way to start a presence on social media, build up a user community and engage customers. You can also use advertising to target relevant audiences as well as bring traffic to your site by publishing content.

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What if someone already has registered your company name as a business page? Facebook suggests trying to resolve the issue with the user in question before reporting the trademark infringement claim to Facebook. If the dispute cannot be resolved informally, then you can fill out this online form.

Please note that submitting a claim of trademark infringement is a serious matter with potential legal consequences. If you’re not sure whether your legal rights are being infringed, then you will need to talk to a trademark lawyer. Facebook will not provide you with any legal advice.

Please also note that Facebook's form asks for federal trademark registration details. Even though a registration is not required to file a claim, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to recover an infringing username without one. 

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From their office in a meat packing plant turned creative community, the lawyers at Trust Tree craft articles on the importance of trademarks and the power of branding. When you visit our blog, you can expect lots of content related to those topics. Unfortunately, you can also expect lots of memes, lame jokes, bad puns, and shoutouts to Nashville. The goal of our blog is to help you learn a few things about trademarks in the least painful way possible.

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