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 LinkedIn.
LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Since it focuses on business-to-business connections, LinkedIn should be a big part of your social media marketing strategy.
What if someone already has registered your business name as a company page? You can first try to resolve the issue informally with the user in question. If that doesn't work, then you can fill out LinkedIn's Notice of Trademark Infringement 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. LinkedIn will not provide you with any legal advice.
Please also note that LinkedIn'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 company page without one.
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